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LETTER from the PUBLISHER HAPPY 2014! A new year is a perfect time to reflect on how we live and how that’s perennially changing. While our homes are more beautiful than ever, our lifestyle is not as formal as it once was. That’s apparent in the more casual way we dress when we dine out and in the more casual way our homes are laid out and furnished.
ake the formal dining room, for instance. Once a ‘must have,’ this saved-for-special-occasions- room may be in danger of extinction. Is it worth having a room that hardly gets used? We gather instead in our commodious kitchens with center islands and breakfast bars that meld into Great Rooms with various areas for conversing, dining and watching tv. As for the dining room, we can keep it in all its splendor as a testament to tradition. But there are also many ways we can choose to repurpose that space, from homework centers to home offices, libraries and playrooms. And in that big, open kitchen, chances are there’s a cool bar stool or two lurking by the center island’s breakfast bar. The choices for this fun, informal kind of seating are ramping up. Check out what we’ve found. For those who are downsizing, parting with treasured stuff isn’t easy. These days, much of it can be done virtually, from tag sale professionals offering appraisals and online sales of special items as well as live auctions and luxury tag sales. In this issue we also examine the growing trend of pushing our kids, practically from the time they are born, whether it’s toddler lessons in Mandarin or tutors for our middle schoolers, even when they are already good students. Is anything below a 96 really unacceptable? Our writer, psychologist Dr. Laurie Nadel examines the phenomenon. What we eat and the way we dine are also changing. Writer and vegetarian Linda Tagliaferro happily takes a look at the burgeoning fresh food movement and the places across the North Shore where we can indulge our growing passion for fresh, organic, health fare. HAPPY NEW YEAR. AND HAPPY READING!
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WORKING FROM THE INSIDE OUT AIA Architect Denise Brooks and her interior design partner, Christine Ambers, ASID, follow the Shaker adage made popular by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright -- form follows function. “We work from the interiors out, rather than the exterior in,” explains Denise. “The function is really on the inside where people live.” Denise and Christine are the principals of Habitech Planning & Design, a residential and commercial architecture and interior design firm headquartered in a picturesque red barn in Cold Spring Harbor. For Denise, architecture is the family business. Schooled at the Pratt Institute and NYIT, she honed her trade under the tutelage of her father, Robert Kasindorf. Beginning in the 1950s, he left an indelible imprint on interiors, commercial and residential architecture on the North Shore. Christine, who previously worked with Robert on commercial interiors, joined Denise
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12 years ago, helping continue his legacy. Denise and Christine work on projects hand-in-hand from the start, interviewing clients and visualizing the architecture of the home. “It represents the planning from the interior looking out,” Denise explained, with their combined skills in architecture and interior design providing better results for clients. The strategy eliminates conflict and insures that the sofa, for instance, fits with the architecture and the space. Some jobs require more architectural design; others are heavy on interior design. When an expansion is in order, the interior planning is done first to insure the wanted outcome. “There is no duplication of effort. We each have our specific task but they are integrated and work together,” Denise said. Recently, when a client secured Habitech’s services to build a dream home in Glen Head, they thought they wanted a center hall colonial. When Denise and Christine probed
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further into how they lived and “what it is they really need,” the project morphed “from a regular colonial to a Dutch colonial,” with a more open floor plan and a Great Room rather than formal living or dining rooms. After many permutations, the new home is being designed and drawn as a “custom modular” rather than a traditional “stick-built” home. Instead of rooms that go unused, traditional formal spaces are assigned other functions. What might have been a dining room, for instance, becomes an office or a dressing room. “They really wanted the space for their master bedroom suite, the dressing area, a bigger kitchen” Denise said. Still, the home was planned so that a future owner could easily revert to more traditional uses, or whatever else they pleased. Denise chose modular construction on the multi-million dollar design because “it’s plug and play.” Built indoors in a factory, weather is not a concern and the home is constructed
in a “much more stable environment.” Besides being well insulated and weather tight, the modular home is delivered with tile, carpet and millwork installed. Though there are size limitations because the home must be transported -albeit in large pieces -- “it is a stronger house,” the architect said. Once set on the foundation, the home practically snaps together with the help of electricians and plumbers. “It cuts down on the time for construction.” Denise also decided to use such forward-looking custom, high end modular construction for the expansion and addition of a second floor to a 1950s ranch home in Roslyn Harbor. “A lot of construction is going that way,” she said. “It is less expensive. It is faster. There is more control over craftsmanship.” As she would a conventional building site, Denise will visit the factories to monitor progress as the homes are framed and sheathed. The set up is “easier for quality control.” Nowadays, modular building doesn’t limit the design of “modular mansions,” she said. “They are beautiful. You wouldn’t know they are modular.” Using some of the bones of the existing structure, the Roslyn Harbor ranch will become a California Craftsman-style home. As part of the expansion of a Brookville ranch for a tall client, Denise raised the ceiling between the rafters in the kitchen to create light troughs. Instead of down lights, LED lights wash up on the curve of a refurbished greenhouse window. “It gave our client the sense of soaring space he wanted,” she said. The center island countertop was made of 2.4 inch thick poured cast glass; the floor is
cobalt blue glass. Polished cast concrete was used on the perimeter countertops. The results are striking. “We really create interior architecture,” Christine explained. “We are not just placing sofa and selecting fabrics. We are not just decorating the room. We are building the interior environment and that is where the space planning is extremely important and truly services the client.” The ultimate look is classic and timeless. While they build homes from scratch, Denise and Christine enjoy doing renovations. “We like to use what is there and expand on it,” Denise said. “Some houses have great footprints or bones and we just improve upon that,” while helping the clients express themselves. “A whole new house isn’t always necessary.” If a client does want a cavernous space, the architect and designer provide “areas where you can cocoon. “They want to impress but they live there, too,” Denise explained. “We try to meld those so it’s livable and expresses what that clients wants.” More often, that means an open floor plan with a kitchen open to a Great Room and “no more of the divided rooms” dedicated to a specific function. Media rooms are less in demand. Prayer rooms, however, are on the uptick. Denise also noted a trend toward multi-generational homes that accommodate families with young children as well as grandparents. Extensions can be designed to accommodate snow birds and extended family. For retirees who prefer to age in place, Habitech is designing master bedrooms on the first floor and elevators
to upstairs quarters. Taking present or future handicap issues into account -- lever door handles for those with carpal tunnel syndrome, for instance -- is “common sense good design,” Denise said. Christine calls their task, “intelligent planning.” To that end, they interview clients at length to see “how they live in the home and how it functions for them.” Planning is easier if they see or are told that the kids routinely dump their knapsacks in the foyer and can plan a mudroom or other options accordingly. “We design specifically for them, so they spend many years living in their homes and loving their homes.” The award-winning duo recently updated their website, www. habitechdesign.com. Among their commercial projects are Salon Rock in Roslyn, the Olympus On-Site Mobile Medical Showroom and in Manhattan, the main branch of Habib American Bank. Denise and Christine use space technology to alter designs. After the initial icebreaking, they advise clients to peruse creative idea books on houzz.com to see what they like and don’t like, much in the way years ago clients clipped photos of rooms they liked from shelter magazines. “We like a challenge,” Denise said. From the planning to the design process to the finished product “we really relish that.” SE Habitech Planning & Design 181 Main Street / Barn Cold Spring Harbor, NY (631) 692 8800
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Some clients know just what they want, he said, while others have no idea. “Then there are some couples who have opposite tastes. When a wife is country, and her husband is rock n roll, now that’s a challenge!”
As a designer for more than 25 years, Keith uses what he calls an “anthropological approach” to interior design. “It’s a method based on understanding clients’ lifestyles and tastes to create a functional visual that reflects their personality and brings their vision to life,” Keith said. His clients — from Long Island’s Gold Coast to Manhattan and the Hamptons, and as far as Florida and Colorado — are quick to attest to his talents. “He really gets us,” said Rhona Hutton, an art deco aficionado who splits her time between
of frequent entertaining, Keith suggested creating a large bar area and designed the living room with generously proportioned seating to encourage conversation among family and guests. For the dining area, he shopped with them to find a round dining room table that opens to seat 12—perfect for holidays and large dinner parties. “I like the challenge of projects that are not typical and that intrigue me, “ Keith admitted, “And I especially like to figure out problem areas to make things work.” Some clients know just what they want,
Keith studied design, theater, architecture and human ecology. Inspired one day by a design teacher who told him, ‘Your passion shows in your work,’ Keith realized that he had found his calling in interior design. In a leap of faith, he established the Baltimore Design Group 25 years ago, which has since developed a portfolio of residential, commercial and hospitality work—including luxury private homes, hotels and corporate offices. Over the years, Keith has won numerous prestigious awards, such as the 2011 Hamptons Designer Showcase
and opulent event space, with colorful, luxurious furnishings and two billiards tables that conveyed the elite comforts of that era. The Baltimore Design Group occupies a 12,000 square foot Port Washington showroom filled with an extensive collection of fabrics, trims, furnishings, accessories, rugs, wall coverings and window treatments that capture the spirit of Keith’s attention to detail. A dedicated staff of 17 — including several design teams and production technicians — work under Keith’s guidance and expertise. To accommodate his growing
her 3,000 square foot Manhattan condo and her beach house in Atlantic Beach. Along with her husband Sandy, Rhona has been working with Keith for as long as she can remember. “We love to collect original art deco pieces, and have always found art deco to be a sexy and luxurious way to decorate,” she explained. “We are also big entertainers, and wanted our apartment to feel like a club, where our guests can come for drinks before we all go out for dinner. Keith helped us create an environment that feels like we’re on a ship during the 1920s.” Keith is quick to add enthusiastically, “I wanted it to feel like Normandy after World War I, but updated to 2013. Rhona and Sandy are living the Great Gatsby with touches of skull and crossbones.” Right from the entranceway, which conveys the vibe of the apartment and offers a glimpse of what’s to come, the Huttons’ apartment is designed in black and white, with bold accents of red. The starting point for Keith’s plan to turn the Huttons’ vision into a nauticalart deco fantasy was their kitchen, because as Keith explained, “People live in their kitchens, which are usually the center of activity.” For the Huttons, a customized kitchen was streamlined with cabinetry and lighting to feel like the inside of a ship, and doors with portholes were installed throughout the apartment, as well as unique decorative mirrors and oversized posters. The use of state-of-the-art technology, products and exotic materials were an important part of the design plan, as well as a reflection of Keith’s modern vision. To accommodate the Huttons’ lifestyle
he said, while others have no idea. “Then there are some couples who have opposite taste. When a wife is country, and her husband is rock n roll, now that’s a challenge!” Keith’s interest in design dates back to his childhood. “My parents always had to turn the lights on as soon as they got home,” he recalled with a chuckle, “because they never knew where the furniture would be. I guess I was always interested in transforming space.” Unsure of his direction after high school,
and the 2009 Producer’s Award from Mansions and Millionaires. He is a regular contributor to Designer Showcases. This fall, Keith’s “Summer Living Room” at the “Titans of Business and The Best of Design” showcase at Hempstead House in Sands Point, drew inspiration from the gothic mood of the 1912 mansion and its role in the lifestyle of the privileged class of Long Island’s Gold Coast. He filled his space in the former Guggenheim family mansion, now a Nassau County museum
number of East End clients, he opened a second showroom this year in Sag Harbor. Today, at 50, Keith looks forward to the continuation of his exciting and fulfilling journey. “Interior design is a multi-disciplinary career,” Keith explained. “It’s about understanding people, and creating fantasies. I love working with my clients and becoming part of their families. It’s such a fun process, and we are meant to giggle our way through it.” SE SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 17
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Like fashion, home decor trends change from season to season, year to year. For 2014, colors deliver punch, particularly Radiant Orchids, Pantone’s Color of the Year, as well as cobalt blue and deep turquoise. Luxe is in. Imagine pieces with subtle bling or opulent inlays or metal accents. Neutral design schemes starting with grey, taupe, white or black provide a backdrop for eye candy: iron and glass accent tables, polished or bronzed copper, antiqued silver or gold vases and table lamps. Fake and real animal skins are hot, with short and long hair as upholstery on sofas and chairs and even tables. Romantic-looking Venetian marbled-paper prints, like the end papers of old books, are the pattern of choice from wallpaper to chic silk-screen linens. Kitchens are increasingly bejeweled, with custom cabinetry painted emerald and other gemstone hues and hand painted or cabochon knobs and great hardware. Chandeliers and pendant lighting make a statement all their own. “Kitchen Furniture” is all the rage. In top-of-the-line La Cornue’s new W Collection, a stove isn’t just a stove; a fridge isn’t just a fridge. Each piece brilliantly melds function, technology, and aesthetic. La Cornue Kitchen Furniture
Ceramic tile has a striking and imaginative new look. Privilege by Mirage, for instance, uses large faux gemstone, crystal and mineral panels composed of slices of agate cut transversely and finished with a hand-applied glossy resin. Made in Italy, the elegant porcelain stoneware comes in fabulous shades and provides a chic way to dress walls or the backsplash in luxury. For countertops, companies like Caesarstone have engineered composites with the exotic and glamorous semi-precious stone look. In the bath, freestanding tubs continue to reign. Showers are going curbless and the latest sockets accommodate USB plugs. Man caves are growing ever more sophisticated.
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Open layouts with large windows bringing in natural lighting continue to be popular, with the kitchen as the hub of the home. And the walls between indoors and out are increasingly disappearing. SE M.C. SUSSMAN
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R AISING THE BAR As homes become less formal -- and with open floor plans, kitchen island seating, and bar height tables -- bar stools are adding oomph to home decor. A fun option and a design statement, these increasingly ubiquitous seats have a personality all their own. From retro counter chairs to repurposed tractor seats, saddles and futuristic chairs in neon colors, bar stools come in a wide array of styles. Some are whimsical and can nearly pass for sculptures. Others have a rustic or industrial look. Some bar stools swivel, others just stand cool beside a center island, a barheight dining table or desk. With its A-symmetrical lines, the Serous bar stool by Las Vegas-based designer Michael Stolworthy is modern, functional furniture art. According to his website, www. msmdstudio.com, the name, Serous, reflects its fluid like design. For a retro yet modern home on the range feel, the Calvin Barstool from Arteriors Home, www.arteriorshome.com has a polished nickel geometric frame and a curved seat upholstered in black, button-tufted top-grain leather. Its cowhide wrap gives the stool an ultra chic wow look. The antique gilded branches of cast brass of Koketâ€™s Enchanted Bar Stool, www.bykoket.com, have the magical aura of an enchanted forest. The natural-looking Hyacinth Bar Stools from RD Imports have seats made of sustainable and renewable water hyacinth fibers that are smoothed, then twisted and handwoven on a solid espresso-colored mahogany hardwood frame. Whether the emphasis is on swiveling, comfort or style, thereâ€™s bound to be a perfect bar stool for every design scheme. SE M.C. SUSSMAN
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LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS. Hollywood has long had a love affair with the North Shore’s opulent mansions, lush landscaping, quaint villages and picturesque waterfront. Martin Scorsese’s recent film The Wolf of Wall Street was largely set here. The Gold Coast was a paradise for Jordan Belfort, a Queens-born white collar criminal on whose story the movie was based. Leonardo DiCaprio played Belfort, who showed off his ill-gained wealth with a tony Old Brookville mansion, though the actual filming was done in a mansion in nearby Upper Brookville. The party at Belfort’s beach house where he meets the woman he marries, Naomi, was filmed in Sands Point and a scene from their outdoor wedding was filmed in Bayville. The film also stars Jonah Hill.
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Steven Weisberg, the locations manager on the hunt for a mansion for Adam Sandler’s The Cobbler spent three days checking out 10 to 12 homes in Westchester and Nassau counties before choosing a French Normandy Tudor on Dupont Court in Brookville. The home, an $11 million Shawn Elliott listing, was selected because “it matched best to the script,” Weisberg said, which called for a “new construction mansion” on a hill with a long driveway. In the movie, the mansion belongs to a real estate developer, played by Ellen Barkin. While most of the movie takes place on the Lower East Side, a handful of scenes were filmed at the Brookville manse, Weisberg said. Besides the exterior, they included the kitchen, hallway and home office. Zach Elliott of Shawn Elliott Luxury,
who worked with the locations scout, said the home screamed opulence. While for last year’s The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DeCaprio, filming took place in Australia, green scenes and computer generated imagery helped it look like the North Shore. The upcoming movie, Anesthesia, with Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart and Sam Waterston, was partly filmed at the Greenvale School in Old Brookville. Scenes from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie starring Megan Fox were filmed at the Sands Point Preserve as well as Jones Beach State Park. According to Debbie Markowitz, director of the Nassau County Film Office, the film industry has a $140,000,000 per year direct economic impact in the Nassau County area. Between film, TV, music videos and commercials, the county has approximately 650 production days per year. Besides swanky Gold Coast mansions, many scenes are
filmed at the Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios in Bethpage. Part of the reason Nassau is such a popular film location, Debbie says, is that most of the county is “in the union studio zone and our diverse locations: beaches, mansions, suburban areas, myriad types of office buildings, the Nassau County Correction Center, parks, preserves, etc. “Pretty much, you name it, and we have it.” The Gold Coast has long been a favorite of film directors. Alfred Hitchcock discovered the North Shore’s magic when he filmed North by Northwest in 1959 at The Westbury House in Old Westbury Gardens and at Glen Cove’s Pratt Estate. Marlon Brando shot the gruesome horse head’s
scene from the 1972 classic The Godfather at Falaise, the former Harry Guggenheim estate that is now the Sands Point Preserve. Orson Welles’ iconic 1941 film Citizen Kane used Oheka Castle’s grandeur as Xanadu in the opening aerial sequence. The 1958 film Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor was filmed on the Coleman estate in Muttontown. “Knole,” a 40,000-square foot mansion built circa 1903 in Old Westbury, was the location for the original Arthur, starring Dudley Moore as well as Reversal of Fortune, Mickey Blue Eyes, Devil’s Advocate, and The Associate which starred Whoopi Goldberg. Feature films including Salt with Angelina Jolie, Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet, Morning Glory, Man on a Ledge, Win Win, Henry’s Crime, Something Borrowed, and Dark Horse were all filmed locally. Among television series that have filmed here on a regular basis are Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Royal Pains, 30 Rock, and Gossip Girl. SE SHAWNELLIOTT ELLIOTTLUXURY LUXURY11 27 SHAWN
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For the last 35 years Robert Drucker, owner of the All Island Group, has been involved in all aspects of the custom building industry. Drucker’s work spans from Montauk to the Jersey Shore. His latest building venture features a beautiful 9,000 square foot custom home in Mill Neck with expansive waterfront views of Oyster Bay. With extensive details inside and out, Drucker says, “This construction is really one of a kind. Considering the property, the rustic exterior and modern interior, you would be hard pressed to find this level of quality.” From the ground up, the entire facade of the home consists of imported high density split face marble. Inside, the house interior features a modern design with a blend of natural materials to help warm the spacious rooms. The great room includes a helical staircase with a custom iron railing and mahogany banister. Custom radius mahogany doors emphasize the rotunda shape. The mahogany was carried to all the other exterior doors, even the garage doors! Traditional trim gives way to “neomodern” casing and base molding. This detail gives a shadow effect around the doors and windows for a clean, crisp appearance. The interior doors are Garofoli, Italian design and manufactured, with custom glass panels that give the appearance that the inset glass is floating. “The homeowners were very detailed oriented.” Drucker explains. “Every item in the house had to be perfect, from the foundation to the painting.” This was not a problem for All Island. “We build for perfection every time.” The floors throughout the house are 5 inch Brazilian cherry with a natural finish to allow the diverse colors of the wood to pop. “This really helped bridge the old with the new,” says Drucker. The kitchen and pantry feature custom mahogany cabinetry with Caesarstone countertops and backsplashes. The six bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling Porcelanosa tile, appointed by Duravit and Nokin fixtures. Drucker, a Long Island native, states, “a hands on approach with the customer is the only way to insure that the final product will meet the homeowners’ every expectation.” Based out of their Farmingdale office, All Island performs 90% of the work on their jobs. Visit www.allislandgroup.com for more information on their extensive portfolio of work.
Turning the Table on Formality By M. C. SUSSMAN
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Can you count how many times you used your formal dining room last year? Was it just for a handful of holidays? Did the room sit empty, or did you use it as a quasi-home office for paperwork or a place for the kids to do their homework? Have you dreamed of replacing that fancy table with seating for 12 -- without the extra leaves -- with a custom bar and lounge with club chairs or an elegant billiard table, creating an out-of-the-box space that might get a little more play? You’re not alone. Increasingly, formal spaces, along with the warrens of small rooms in our homes, are becoming obsolete. According to the National Association of Home Builders, new homes and those undergoing major renovations have more open layouts. They provide space for family interaction in hubs like the kitchen, and eliminate or repurpose formal rooms that aren’t used frequently. And, in case you’re wondering how it’s possible to find quiet time in an open, sometimes, cavernous space - the inclusion of window seats, nooks and alcoves provide cozy spots for private time. Commodious kitchens with huge center islands with breakfast bars and cool bar stools are part of the pull away from formal dining rooms. Beverly Balk, an interior designer based in Glen Head, said that some clients tell her they don’t need as much space at a separate formal table because of the open kitchen’s center island. Still, people need adequate seating, albeit in the great room or family room “because most of them have families or extensions of families” who gather from time to time, even if it’s to watch a football game while they graze. Instead of a formal mahogany table, they might opt for an informal market table or a skirted table that adds “a little more funkiness” to the dining segment of the open space. Often, a smaller table for daily living can suffice. For parties and holiday meals, a top extension can provide room for a crowd. A custom cover for dining can also be fitted on top of a billiards table. In homes with traditional layouts, dining rooms are also increasingly multi-functional. Instead of formal, served dinners, some use the table for a buffet, installing a bar along one wall for cocktails and hors d’ouevres. Elsewhere, the formal dining room is being repurposed as a homework center or a place to play board games or cards. It can double as a library with a reading table or a music room with a baby grand piano, or as a guest room with a Murphy bed. Put to work as a home office, the dining room’s china cabinet can double as storage for supplies. (Push aside all the chairs but one, and voila, the table becomes a whopper of a desk! For the occasional dinner
party, put the other chairs back.) In homes with an open floor plan, “it can be fun to set aside a certain area for dining,” Beverly said. When not in use, table sides can be dropped or leaves removed. Down-sizers are among those foregoing a formal dining room. They could ask their grown kids to host Thanksgiving or a Passover seder. But on a regular basis, down-sizers still “have to have a place to sit down and have a cup of coffee” whether that’s in the living room or great room. And, a cafe table may be more cozy than an oak table that seats eight. In fact, the new dining room requires “more careful planning,” depending on people’s usage and needs, Beverly says. “Do
they need to have a formal space or does the great room provide a multitude of answers to whatever their needs might be?” The new informality shows in other ways. Instead of the matched sets of yesteryear, dining spaces are incorporating “a selection of chairs.” Perhaps four chairs of one style and four of another, or with seats upholstered in different colors. “They can be far more creative with dining rooms because they are less formal,” Beverly said. Floating banquettes or sofas to one side of a table help to delineate the space in a home with an open layout. Beverly likes to design her dining rooms “with two faces” -- the dining table area and a lounge seating space.
“It’s nice to have a place to sit down and have a drink before dinner,” Beverly says. “It adds to the coziness and warmth of the room.” She created one such dining room recently at a designer show house at Hempstead House at the Sands Point Preserve. The formal dining room was huge with a floor-toceiling fireplace and extensive millwork. She used whites in varying fabrics for both the sofa in the seating area and the 84-inch round dining table (which could fold in half for a smaller space.) Strings of chunks of glass resembling raw diamonds cascaded from a drum shade chandelier. Beverly added, “You are not going to fill it up with a gigantic dining table and 42 chairs.” It’s the new face of the dining room. SE
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Luxury Tag Sales Like many other baby boomers wallowing in an empty nest, not long ago I downsized. Moving from an
By M.C. SUSSMAN tional tag sales, Madeline recently ran a demolition sale for a Kings Point home that was about to be razed.
ocean-liner of a house laden with 31 years of unbri-
Buyers carted off slate roof tiles, sinks, vanities,
dled accumulation, to a three-bedroom townhouse
shower doors, columns, Sub Zero Appliances,
required parting with a lot of treasured stuff.
kitchen cabinets, central air conditioning com-
After spending weeks cataloging furni-
pressors and even trees from the yard to make
ture, books, gadgets, photo albums, paint-
room for a new 10,000 square foot manse.
ings and knickknacks, deciding what I
“With all the tear downs on Long
should keep and what had to go, tossing
Island,” Madeline said, the demolition
years of paperwork, donating clothes to
sale was a niche service that was “clear-
charity that hadn’t been worn in a de-
ly a great alternative to our overextend-
cade, I barely made a dent. With only a
ed landfill sites” and a new shopping
week until the moving van pulled up, I
venue for builders and DIY-ers. Besides,
felt emotionally and physically drained. I called tag sales experts for help. “Don’t throw anything else out,” cried Madeline Winn, owner of FullofSurprizes.net who runs high-end tag sales in the metropolitan area. There was money to be made by recycling
the recycling of interior and exterior materials made her feel like she was “helping the environment.” Tag sales usually include higher end furniture, collectibles, antiques and clothing than at a garage or yard sale. When moving, and a
my bric-a-brac, including a great aunt’s antique
change in a personal or financial situation or
bouillon cups, pocketbooks, my three grown
downsizing is the motivation, it includes bulky
sons’ Legos and Power Rangers figurines, baseball cards, and a long-abandoned recumbent bicycle to new owners. What didn’t sell could be do-
armoires, pianos and decorative items that the sellers don’t want to put into storage or move. Tag sale pros appraise, arrange and price each item.
nated to charity. Whatever
Rather than immediately sched-
was left could be removed
uling a tag sale, Tracy Jordan,
by a Junkbusters-style clean
owner of Invited Sales, visits the
home, researches what needs to
Among household sales,
be sold, determines fair market
a tag sale falls somewhere be-
value and photographs precious
tween a garage sale of unwanted household items and an es-
furnishings and accessories and mounts them for sale on her web-
tate sale in which a lifetime
site —Invitedsales.com— and
of treasures and possessions
brings in private buyers, col-
of the newly dearly departed
lectors, resellers, deco-
are sold, Madeline said. A
rators and dealers who
year after holding tradi-
might plunk down, say,
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LUXURY TREASURES Rather than immediately scheduling a tag sale, Tracy Jordan, owner of Invited Sales, visits the home, researches what needs to be sold, determines fair market value and photographs precious furnishings and accessories and mounts them for sale on her website.
service to help clean out the house.
ABC’s Good Afternoon America and the
“Everything is priced to sell,” said
author of “I Break For Garage Sales.”
Tracy, who charges a flat rate for her
The perennial popularity of tag sales
services depending on what’s involved.
extends from recyclers who buy a tea-
“We don’t throw anything away.”
cup for $5 and try to sell it for $10 to
Among my flotsam and jetsam was a
those who pay thousands to scoop up
nine-foot-long Dakota Jackson goat-
treasures like sterling silver flatware
skin dining room table edged in foil
sets for less than half the retail price.
and its accompanying 12 chairs, way
Shoppers comb through merchandise,
too big for my new place; a cherished
sometimes trying to check out values
7-foot-wide, 6-foot-high copper and
on their smart phones.
aluminum outdoor sculpture of a crab,
Others jump at the chance to see
an old sofa upholstered in a stuffed-an-
how other people live and get a vicari-
imal-like tiger fabric, a used Skeeball
ous glimpse at what neighbors have
machine, books, rugs, tools and snow
tucked into closets and drawers. High
shovels that I no longer needed. At
end tag sale junkies can also buy hand-
a tag sale at an Upper Brookville
me-down vintage haute couture, vetted
mansion not long after my own, two
antiques and estate and pre-owned fine
Mercedes sold off the driveway .
jewelry on sites like 1stdibs.com and
Tag sales aren’t just about antiques
Christies online auctions.
or collectibles. “A lot of savvy shoppers
My five-hour sale was a whirlwind
will furnish their homes with qual-
that more than paid for my five-mile
ity furnishings found at a tag sale,”
move. Shoppers unexpectedly picked
Madeline said, including living and
through my pantry (cupboards with
dining room sets, exercise equipment
items not for sale need to be taped shut),
and kitchen appliances. Additionally,
seemingly striking gold with three un-
“because people are underemployed
opened bottles of olive oil. When one
or unemployed, they purchase things
shopper grabbed a dark chocolate bar, I took it back. ( From the wine room,
$16,000 for a dining room set. “Be-
staff of 21 conduct about 75 to 100 tag
half full bottles of scotch and gin (still
cause we are very organized we can sell
sales a year.
left over from my 1980 wedding) flew
things at a higher price,” said Tracy, a li-
Many of the items “are irreplace-
off the shelves. Despite being faded,
censed appraiser who educates her sell-
able,” she said. Sometimes the furni-
torn and stained, the Persian rug in
ers about what each item can fetch. “It’s
ture has never been sat on and other
my dining room commanded $2,000.
a win win for people who are buying
items are still in boxes. What doesn’t
The goat skin table sold -- for a song
and people who are selling.”
get sold or moved to the consignment
-- to a savvy furniture dealer. I still re-
After the tag sale, Tracy sells the
shop gets donated to the needy or
gret being strong-armed by a persistent
gently used furniture, sisal rugs and
tossed by a clean out crew.
anesthesiologist into selling my over-
bric a brac -- from a $15,000 Gallet
Tracy runs an online auction each
sized crab sculpture for a tenth of what
glass vase to a $35,000 custom cabine-
Wednesday and, once a month on a
I paid at an auction, and somehow, my
try -- that didn’t sell along with the di-
Saturday at 5 p.m., holds a live auction
collection of Wizard of Oz figurines
vans, Limoge sugar bowls, Lladro figu-
in the store. What doesn’t sell is donated
went unaccounted for. Looking back,
rines, Waterford, Baccarat, Hummels,
to the needy and those going through
at tag sales and try to resell them to
it’s just stuff, but still...
Minton, crystal glasses, fine china ,
hard times, including this Christmas,
make some money” on sites like eBay.
But my quirky old skeeball machine
chandeliers, baby grand pianos, minks,
five truckloads of decorations that went
com, etsy.com or AuctionZip.com.
fetched $700 and the antique bouillon
jewelry and bookcases left on consign-
to Sandy victims on the South Shore.
A line of shoppers snaked from my
cups brought $50. I turned down
ment, from her 5,000 square foot shop
Tracy entered the tag sale business
front door and down the driveway to
multiple $5000 offers for my antique
at the back of Shoppers Village, a tiny
nine years ago after a friend whose fa-
the street an hour before the tag sale
billiards table -- I’m saving that in my
strip mall along Stewart Avenue in
ther had passed away asked her to help
started. For security reasons, only 10
new basement for my kids… or perhaps
Garden City. She recently sold the
liquidate the contents of his home. That
buyers were allowed in at a time. Once
to be sold at a future tag sale. The tiger
contents of a $7.5 million home in
led to more requests from bereaved
a springtime activity, tag sales are now
sofa fetched a ridiculously low,$250 -- its
Centre Island in one day. “Anything
acquaintances and friends who were
popular year round.
ottoman, which I kept, is my favorite
that’s in a house, we sell, from tooth-
downsizing. She started keeping track
Among avid tag sale shoppers of clean-
accent piece in my new home. As far as
paste to collectibles.” Tracy and her
of buyers’ wish lists and arranged for a
out sales is Lara Spencer, co-host of
I’m concerned, it’s priceless. SE
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ARE WE PUSHING OUR CHILDREN TOO HARD? By LAURIE NADEL
“When you look at the research on happiness, academic achievement is not an indicator. Connection to family, friends and community tops the list,” said Vicki Ables Director of Race to Nowhere. Image from”Race to Nowhere” courtesy of Reel Link Films. 40 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 38 36
Every Saturday morning, four year old Jessica Chen of Dix Hills finishes her breakfast, gathers her backpack and waits for her dad to drive her to a Mandarin class in Old Westbury. “Whenever I read her a story in English, I ask her to translate it into Mandarin,” says her father, a vice-president of a financial services firm. His family immigrated to New York when he was five years old. His wife’s family immigrated when she was two. Having grown up in bilingual homes, they do not think that enrolling their four-year old in language school is putting too much pressure on her. “If you look at children in Europe, they grow up speaking several languages. We believe that children have a natural ability to learn languages if you start them early,” he says. In an increasingly global society, it makes sense for our children to learn more than one language. But enrolling preschoolers in traditional language classes, or later, hiring tutors when an A student gets an A-minus, or steering them into extra-curricular activities solely because it “looks good” on college applications, raises questions about whether we, as parents, are pushing our kids too hard. Setting high expectations has both plusses and minuses: On the one hand, children learn how to learn and how to take tests. These skills will be needed throughout their academic careers. On the other hand, setting the bar too high can lead to excessive stress, anxiety, depression, fear of failure, low self-esteem, and burnout. “Parents who live vicariously through their children can cause damage,” says Adrienne Levine, a licensed social worker whose private practice is in Roslyn. “I tell kids in ninth grade who report they are being pressured by their mothers, ‘You can be successful if you are not an A-plus student and don’t go to an Ivy League college.’” Living up to parents’ expectations can take a serious psychological and physical toll. From the time he entered kindergarten, Michael Bernstein told his teachers and classmates that his mother said he was going to Harvard. From first grade onwards, he consistently scored in the top three percent of his class and excelled in extra-curricular activities. But the price of academic success was high. By the time Michael reached high school, he had an ulcer. He frequently said that if he did not get into Harvard, his life would be over. Fortunately, he was accepted there. At least, it seemed fortunate at the time. But Michael hated it. By his sophomore year, this promising young man had developed an addiction to cocaine. Apocryphal? Not really, according to Dr. Beth Fohrmann, a psychotherapist in Smithtown and Great Neck who observed that in her private practice the rates of depression, anxiety and panic attacks among teenagers has doubled in the past 20 years. “There is an increasing need that kids feel for perfection,” she says, noting that the pursuit
of academic achievement leads to over-scheduling and insufficient sleep. “It’s almost like they feel they are in a race that only certain people will win, ” she says, adding that the “all-or-nothing” mindset leads some to cheat “because they feel that if they don’t do well in exams, they won’t do well in life.” This assumption is challenged in The Race to Nowhere, a documentary that examines the impact that too much pressure is having on American students. The director of Race to Nowhere, Vicki Abeles says,”There is absolutely no evidence that over-testing, over-scheduling and the relentless pressure to achieve leads to better educational outcomes. Race to Nowhere brings communities together to talk about the need for radical local, regional and national change.” Dr. Fohrmann sees it this way: “When you look at the research on happiness, academic achievement is not an indicator. Connection to family, friends and community tops the list.” She adds. “That connection gets sacrificed. Kids don’t have time for family and friends.” Still, the need to perform well on standardized tests is non-negotiable for collegebound students. Competition for admission to top colleges has increased, giving rise to a burgeoning industry: independent college consulting. According to a report in the Huffington Post, 26 percent of students applying to college this year are using an independent college consultant, compared to ten years ago when fewer than 10 percent of college applicants worked with independent educational consultants (I.E.C.’s). An I.E.C.’s services can range from tailoring a student’s extra-curricular resume starting as early as 8th grade to coaching senior year students through their college essays. Fees run into thousands of dollars per student. Michael Binder, founder of Your College Navigator in Woodbury, believes the process of getting a student positioned to apply is “all about marketing.” Starting as early as 9th grade, Michael helps each client choose classes and extra-curricular activities that will ultimately create a compelling story intended to make the client more appealing to the colleges of his or her choice. He says, “If you want to lose 20 pounds by next summer, do you start now or in May? It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Understanding the difference between excessive stress and academic success is the key that Jason Stadler uses to unlock each student’s potential at Future U in Woodbury. Future U offers weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions geared to each student’s learning style and practice tests. “If we coach kids to become better test takers, they may be able to go to better schools. But this is not the end of our students’ education. It may well be the beginning of many years of college and graduate school,” he says. “We start out academic but our role is getting them to believe they can do it. They are here for a season but we are gearing them up for a championship,” he says. “We are giving kids skills for the future.” SE
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GOLD COAST REDUX: Sands Point’s Historic Hempstead House Presents A Gatsby-worthy Designer Showhouse By M.C. SUSSMAN
The splendor of Hempstead House begins at the front door, which opens onto a 60-foot high foyer. Against one wall is the mansion’s newly restored Wurlitzer Opus 445 Theatre Organ, made of oak. Music from it once reverberated through designed openings in the floor. Beyond, the sunken Palm Court, once home to an aviary and 150 species of rare orchids and plants, is now a graceful, elegant space that can be rented for weddings and other formal events. For the show house, it was set up as a cafe with tables on which to enjoy refreshments. Hempstead House, the extravagant 50,000 square foot 1912 Gold Coast Tudor-style mansion built by Howard Gould, the son of a railroad tycoon, was the epitome of the grandeur and elegance of the Gatsby era. In 1917, it became the home of Daniel and Florence Guggenheim. The veritable castle was outfitted with towers and columns, stained and leaded glass, gold leaf ceilings, carved stone gargoyles, red velvet draperies, Flemish tapestries, imported Jacobean antiques and art by the masters Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. But after Daniel Guggenheim passed away in 1930, his wife liquidated the mansion’s valuable artwork, tapestries, and furnishings and downsized to Mille Fleurs, a smaller home on the property. During World War II, Hempstead House was used to temporarily house 75 British refugee children. In 1946, the U.S. Navy acquired the property to use as a naval training center. In the process, many of the mansion’s original features such as a gold leaf ceiling and carved oak woodwork from a 17th century Spanish palace in the billiard room were destroyed or removed. Nassau County acquired the estate in 1967, turning 128 acres into a park. In the ensuing years, Hempstead House was the site of several designer show houses. The most recent, held in November, was called “Titans of Busi38 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY
ness and the Best of Design.” Sponsored by the Friends of Sands Point Preserve, several of the mansion’s spaces were reinvented. Besides helping return Gold Coast mansions to their former glory, designer show houses are a great way to check out the work of top interior designers. The splendor of Hempstead House begins at the front door, which opens onto a 60-foot high foyer. Against one wall is the mansion’s newly restored Wurlitzer Opus 445 Theatre Organ, made of oak. Music from it once reverberated through designed openings in the floor. Beyond, the sunken Palm Court, once home to an aviary and 150 species of rare orchids and plants, is now a graceful, elegant space that can be rented for weddings and other formal events. For the show house, it was set up as a cafe with tables on which to enjoy refreshments. In the dining room, with its massive, carved sandstone fireplace and dark wood paneled walls, designer Beverly Balk used various textures of white fabric to recreate the “old” as “new and glamorous”. Ribbons with chunks of glass resembling raw diamonds cascaded from an oversized lampshade hanging from the 16-foot beamed ceiling. Likewise, the 84-inch round dining table was draped with a white tablecloth and opulently set with Orrefors and Kosta Boda glass, white china and a multitude of white candlesticks in varying heights, surrounded by white leather Echo chairs from Tomasella Furniture. To one side of the room was a seating group with a white sofa, plump with cushions and cozily curved on each end, illuminated by a white Lola floor lamp. Stone gargoyles punctuate the lofty ceiling and peer from the floor to ceiling sandstone fireplace in the sum-
mer living room, which overlooks the back lawn and the Long Island Sound beyond. Designer Keith Baltimore of Port Washington’s Baltimore Design Group added a touch of whimsy to the mammoth space with multiple colorful oversized striped lampshade chandeliers, a claret
red sectional sofa and twin billiards tables. The walnut paneled library, with its leaded glass windows and built in bookcases, window seat and fireplace, was copied from the palace of King James I. Designers Barbara Marcone and Janet Block of Classic Galleries started their updated design scheme with a William Morris area rug in autumnal shades of browns, caramels and sage as a backdrop for four seating groups. “We wanted to keep within the feeling of the home,” Janet said, yet make sure it was “new and fresh but warm and comfortable,” conducive to grabbing a book or a Kindle or Nook, doing needlework or playing Angry Birds on an iPad. She explained that although bound books may be on the decline these days, libraries in major homes still feature collections and are used as retreats. “It’s the quiet room,” Janet added. “There’s no TV.” Upstairs, designer Robin Liberatore of Robinteriors created a modern equestrian-themed “Derby Room” laced with vintage finds including a striking red backgammon table. “A Room of One’s Own,” a bedroom fitting the heyday of Hempstead House, with a nod to Virginia Woolf and the Bohemian artists of the Bloomsbury Group of London was curated with painted furniture, an antique typewriter and framed reproductions, by Karli Hagedorn,
the chairman of the Friends of Sands Point Preserve, and Jean-Marie Posner, the executive director. Because Hempstead House is frequently the venue for sumptuous weddings these days, designer Liz Cordeiro chose the modern bride as her inspiration for “The Marriage Suite.” On the wall near the door is a button that once signaled the help. It now reads, “Press for Champagne.” Fur throws accent the canopied bed and a Hermes scarf is framed on one wall. The eclectic design also includes a leopard skin chair, wallpaper that resembles mother-of-pearl, a Lucite table and a standing tri- panel mirror perfect for the bride to get dressed for the special moment. Designer Inaa Elias Tahhan, owner of “Le Decor De Maisons De Luxe,” designed the black, silver and gray gentleman’s study as if it belonged to her “titan,” designer Alexander McQueen. Inaa used two black velvet chairs with crystal buttons and silver jaguars as armrests as a focal point and upholstered a deep sofa to match. For added pizzazz, she packed the fireplace with cut logs and bottles of wine. “I want him to sit, relax, have a cigar and come back with fresh ideas in mind,” Inaa said. “At the end, I like to have this comfy feeling.” SE SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 39
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THE WORK OF DR. ANDREW JACONO By CARA S. TRAGER
The world of plastic facial and cosmetic treatments and Zen-like tranquility fit well together. That’s precisely the soothing, natural atmosphere that defines the Great Neck office of Dr. Andrew Jacono, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Jacono’s natural sensibility goes beyond his commitment to providing patients with a refreshed, unaltered-looking appearance. A dedication to a natural aesthetic informs the very essence of the space where Dr. Jacono slows the aging process and revitalizes the spirit, and it extends to his own demeanor, his wavy, longish hair casually styled. Within the confines of Dr. Jacono’s spacious, 10,000-square-foot Northern Boulevard facility, which encompasses the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery and the adjoining JSPA medical day spa, subtly textured walls and muted browns and beiges, as well as soft lighting, combine to form a sophisticated design scheme. The purposeful setting offers a quiet refuge for undergoing and recovering from surgical and cosmetic procedures. While two onsite hospital-code operating rooms, four exam rooms and five recovery bays comprise the cutting-edge surgical facility, JSPA strikes a serene note with music and custom aromatherapy blends that join together to create the ambiance of an exquisite resort spa. Within this holistic setting, the renewal process begins, as minimally-invasive non-surgical facial treatments, such as lasers, injectable fillers and peels, combat the visible signs of aging. Stylish changing rooms, premium amenities and the recovery area’s understated, relaxed mood, along with refreshments, such as delicate herbal teas, add up to a sumptuous experience. “I don’t prescribe treatments,” said Dr. Jacono. “I look to see what patients are trying to achieve and
can give them options.” Prices can range anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000 for a non-surgical wrinkle filler, depending on the vials required, to between $20,000 and $40,000 for a facelift. Seated in his tastefully designed office amid framed degrees, certificates and citations, Dr. Jacono recalled the defining moment that led him to become a plastic surgeon. He was about nine years old when he sat on the school bus next to a girl who suffered ridicule because of her cleft palate. But once the deformity was corrected, it wasn’t only her appearance that changed but “how people responded to her,” recalled Dr. Jacono. “I was amazed.” Plastic surgery is more than his life’s work but his calling. Guided by the principles of the “the golden proportion,” which considers the shape of the face, defined by the chin and the cheeks, and the correct ratio between each facial feature, he works to restore patients’ faces to their natural-looking, youthful proportions. He has also innovated minimally invasive surgical techniques. “It’s very important to feel confident about our appearance,” said Dr. Jacono, a Freeport native who grew up in Ronkonkoma and Kings Park and now lives in Manhattan. “I can see how surgery positively
impacts people’s lives, empowering them to live fully.” Performing about 1,200 facial surgeries a year, Dr. Jacono, who also has a Manhattan office, treats a wide range of patients, including newly single individuals getting ready to reenter the dating game, battered women suffering with fractured faces, children from the Third World traveling to the United States to correct congenital facial abnormalities and jobseekers experiencing ageism in the workforce. A graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jacono received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was admitted to Alpha Omega Alpha, the prestigious medical school honor society. He is associated with North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park, Saint Francis Hospital in Roslyn, Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York. A solo practitioner, he shares his knowledge as an author of more than three-dozen articles published in professional journals, including the Journal of American Medical Association Facial Plastic Surgery, and in lectures and presentations at
major medical conferences. In addition, he has written two consumer books on plastic surgery. Last year, Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN, presented Facing Trauma, a series that followed Dr. Jacono as he and his team worked to heal women who were disfigured because of violent circumstances. On the humanitarian front, he travels overseas about three weeks a year on volunteer missions that allow those whose faces have been disfigured by birth, cancer or trauma to benefit from his and other doctors’ skills and experience. He has reconstructed faces blemished by cleft palates in such places as Central America, South America and Southeast Asia. “There’s adversity everywhere, but it’s not about focusing on the sadness but on change,” said Dr. Jacono, who traveled to Quito, Ecuador last March with HUGS, or Help us Give Smiles Foundation. Among his other philanthropic efforts, he has served as national chairman and is currently the senior advisor of Face to Face, a national project offering pro bono consultation and surgery to victims of domestic violence. Despite the demands of his professional life, Dr. Jacono, the father of four children, ages 16, 14, 8 and 3½ years old, carved out time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro last summer with his eldest. With his 14-year-old daughter, he takes a weekly studio drawing class to further his artistic sensibilities. His aesthetic perspective and skills notwithstanding, Dr. Jacono, when asked, says he doesn’t mentally toy with the ways he could improve the faces of individuals who cross his path outside the confines of his office — unless they exhibit below-par work. “I don’t look at God’s work and see how I would do it differently,” he says. “There’s beauty in anything.” SE
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EXERCISE CLASSES in the COMFORT OF HOME By LINDA SASLOW
There’s a new word that may soon be added to our dictionaries: “Social-Sizing.” Definition: A blend of exercising and socializing, most often done in a cozy, friendly and non-threatening setting—offering personalized attention, expert instruction and motivation. Jamie Dardashtian, 35, from Woodbury, is on board with this addition to our lexicon. “I used to work out on my own, and I never wanted to do it,” admitted the young mother of two. Participating in a small-group pilates class in the Muttontown home of Faryll Marinoff, 34, is a different story. “I come faithfully Tuesdays and Fridays,” Jamie said. “It’s motivating to exercise in a group and social because I have friends to do it with.” For Jamie, the added perk of exercising with her best friend is the after-class reward: time together for coffee or a manicure. Faryll, 34, who teaches the pilates classes four days a week in her living room turned workout studio, explained
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the allure of “social-sizing.” “The girls can get their own groups together for exercise, and they like the oneon-one attention,” said Faryll, herself a mother of two. “Many of them don’t like the scene at gyms, and feel that it’s very impersonal. Here, it’s just the opposite.” Just ask Lauren Cagner, a mother of two, who quit her gym and now comes once or twice a week to Faryll’s classes. “I got lost in the classes at the gym,” recalled Lauren, 35, from Woodbury. “And I never knew if I was doing anything right.” On a recent Tuesday morning, right after dropping their children off at nursery school, five young mothers lined their mats up on top of Faryll’s Persian rug. They proceeded to collect the necessary props: a set of pink and purple bands, twopound weights and the most important piece, the ‘magic circle.’ “Squeeze the ‘magic circle’ between your thighs, bend those knees into table top and pull your abs in,” Faryll coached.
“Point your toes and lengthen. Arms out. Legs out.” Moving from one student to the next, Faryll made adjustments to their form, as she continued to coach her students through the hour-long class. Pilates works every part of your body and includes crunches, weights, resistance exercises and stretching—all at a reasonable cost of $25 per class. “Are your outer hips burning?” Faryll asked. “Good!” she added as she adjusted Melanie Mergentime’s hips. Despite Melanie’s groan, the 38-year-old mother of two from Syosset wasn’t complaining. “I love the class,” said Melanie, a Tuesday regular at Faryll’s classes. “It’s nice and quiet here, and I know that I need to have my form corrected.” Michele Rogowsky, from Dix Hills, is also a ‘social-sizing’ advocate. For the past nine years, Michele has been teaching Barre classes in the homes of her clients. “Half of my clients have installed barres in their basements,” said Michele, 45 and the mother of three boys. “Exercise classes in your home are easy and social,” she said. “Most of my clients are moms who revolve their schedules around dropping off and picking up their kids. In gyms and exercise studios, there are rules like ‘no talking,’ ‘no phones,’ ‘no coming in late or leaving early,’ but this is a different atmosphere where you can walk in with a cup of coffee and chat during class. It’s much more personalized than being one of 40 or 50 sardines squished into a class.” Sara Intonato also understands the allure of social-sizing. Sara, a certified yoga instructor from Huntington, teaches private and
small group Ashtanga yoga classes in the homes of her clients, as well as larger classes (up to 45 in a class) in a Syosset athletic club and a yoga studio in Woodbury. “My clients lead very busy lives,” said Sara, 32 and the mother of two. “The greatest benefit of in-home yoga classes is that they’re more convenient and there’s more personalized attention. In yoga, technique is very important, and if you don’t have the correct technique, it’s easy to be injured.” For Faryll, Michele and Sara, the growing popularity of “socialsizing” has become an opportunity to combine their expertise and their passion into a business. Eighteen months ago when Faryll moved to Long Island from Manhattan, a young mother who knew that she was a certified pilates instructor, asked if she would teach a class with several friends in her Roslyn home. Word spread quickly and Faryll decided to move the classes to her own home. For Michele, when the karate studio where she had been renting space for her classes closed, her career direction changed. “After six months of not being able to find a suitable space, one of my clients suggested holding class in her home,” she recalled. One class led to another, and today, Michele teaches between 10 and 15 classes a week. Sara is continuing to build her in-home practice, now at about six classes a week, charging $160 for 75 minutes, $200 for 90 minutes—which of course can be shared among the students in a small group class. Beyond the satisfaction of a blossoming career, the best part, said Faryll, is that “I’ve made many new friends through “social-sizing.” SE
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REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE Last year, Doug and Amy Kenner sold their Great Neck
homes built between the 1960s and 1980s in The Gates
such as Sage Bistro, Laguna Grille, Ben’s Kosher Deli,
co-op, and with their two young children in tow, bought
and Hunting Hill have been converted to 5,000-square-
Gabby’s Gourmet Bagels and Red Mango are nestled in
a 2,500-square-foot ranch on .38 acres in Woodbury.
foot trophy homes. “Most of these teardowns occurred in
The Woodbury Village shopping center and the adjacent
“We were looking for land, a better-rated school system,
2005 when the market was at its peak,” Mazer said. “You
Woodbury Town Plaza. About a quarter mile north on
better shopping and convenience to the highway,” says
don’t really see that now.”
Jericho Turnpike gastronomic choices like BurgerFi and
Kenner, 40, a mortgage banker who commutes on the
The most coveted subdivision, Rolling Hills III, on
Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza can be found.
Long Island Railroad to his Manhattan office, while his
South Woods Rd., which broke ground in the late 1990s,
wife, Amy, 36, a pharmaceutical sales representative,
features predominantly brick and stucco stately colonials
calls on clients in Great Neck, Brooklyn and Queens.
on trimmed half-acre parcels.
“We’ve probably made our commutes three to four times
There are three gated communities, one of which
worse,” he says, “but it all melts away when you walk in
is a condominium development, and six townhouse
the door of your house.”
developments. The largest home in the hamlet—a
The lure of Woodbury as a choice community stretches
turreted 13,000 square feet colonial on more than an
back to the Vanderbilt Cup International Automobile races
acre in The Gates, is owned by the high-profile cosmetic
of 1908. Wealthy financiers and industrialists who traveled
surgeon Dr. Stephen Greenberg. The only residentially
east from Manhattan to Woodbury for the event inspired
zoned Gatsby-era mansion is in the Rolling Hills
by William K. Vanderbilt II of the shipping and railroad
subdivision and is on the market for about $1.5 million.
Customer Audrey Blecker of Melville receives a pedicure from employee Emily Chou.
A DAY IN…WOODBURY
By DONNA KUTT NAHAS
family, found the hamlet’s prime real estate suitable for their palatial mansions and sprawling estates. The move to what became known as the Gold Coast was “a major turning point in the Syosset-Woodbury area’s history,” says historian and author Tom Montalbano, “a point at which a more ‘sophisticated’ class of people discovered our area and transformed it from a sleepy farming community into a bustling playground for the rich and famous.” Only a couple of Woodbury’s Gatsby-era Gold Coast mansions still stand today, but the 5.06 mile leafy hamlet of rolling hills in the Town of Oyster Bay still offers a measure of natural beauty and fancy homes valued from $600,000 to more than $2 million along with a first-rate school district. Located on Nassau’s North Shore about 50 miles east of Manhattan, Woodbury is bordered by the hamlet of Plainview and villages of Muttontown and Laurel
Sales Associate & Visual Designer, Tim Nolan assists customer Kevin Nicholas of Oceanside with a selection of coats. Nicholas uses a mirror to check out the look of a scarf.
Hollow and is minutes from Suffolk County. Jericho Turnpike, a main thoroughfare, cuts through town and
The other, called The Woodlands, was the opulent 121-
A short drive from the strip malls on Jericho Turnipike
runs parallel to the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway.
acre estate of socialite Alisa Mellon-Bruce. Today it
is Woodbury Common, an 85,000-square-foot outdoor
The Long Island Expressway and the Northern State
serves as a restaurant and catering hall on the site of the
shopping center, which is undergoing an expansion.
Parkway are also nearby. The hamlet of 9,000 or so
Town of Oyster Bay’s 18-hole par 70 championship golf
The European-style village features more restaurant
residents doesn’t have its own Long Island Railroad
course, driving range and putting green.
offerings such as Andrea’s 25 for Italian fare, and Asian
Station, but commuters can choose to take the train
Woodbury’s last remaining farm, Meyer’s, at the corner
Bistro, upscale clothing boutiques and Fresh Market, a
from nearby Syosset or Hicksville. The ride to Penn
of Piquets Lane and Woodbury Rd., harkens back to an
newly opened gourmet grocer. In the past year, major
Station takes 49 minutes.
earlier time when the bulk of the hamlet was a vast open
women’s clothing retailers White House/Black Market
Woodbury features about a dozen quiet subdivisions
space. The farm stand sells homegrown vegetables, fruit,
and Chico’s, and women’s accessories and apparel chain
of winding streets and single-family homes on lots from
flowers and fresh-baked pies, cookies and breads.
Francesca’s opened. Krinti, a Turkish-Greek restaurant,
a quarter-acre up to two-acres. Developments including
Though Woodbury lacks a downtown, the hamlet
will open in a few months. The wildly popular SoulCycle,
The Gates, Woodbury Knolls, Hunting Hill, The Castles,
is abuzz with shopping and neighborhood amenities.
an indoor cycling studio, is set to open in the spring.
Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills II offer deluxe ranches
Several strip malls teeming with high-end shops and cozy
The Town of Oyster Bay’s Syosset-Woodbury Commu-
and split levels to contemporaries and colonials. Fran
restaurants that line Jericho Turnpike have a Main Street
nity Park, a 46-acre parcel that is the former estate of J.
Mazer, a real-estate agent with Shawn Elliott Luxury
feel. Jildor Shoes, Visual Affair, which sells designer eye
Watson Webb, the great-grandson of railroad tycoon Cor-
Homes and Estates and a longtime resident of the
wear, Great Shapes, a swimwear and lingerie boutique,
nelius Vanderbilt, offers basketball, tennis and handball
hamlet, points out that many 2,600 to 3,000-square-foot
Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa along with restaurants
courts, a swimming pool, ice skating rink, playing fields
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Woodbury Wine Cellar View of the counter inside the store
Visual Affair and Woodbury Wine Cellar in Woodbury Village
and a lush nature trail. There are swim and tennis memberships at the Crest Hollow Country Club as well as at the Piquets Lane Swim and Tennis Club on Piquets La. Woodbury’s children attend schools in the toprated Syosset Central School District, which has seven elementary schools, including the Walt Whitman Elementary School named for the poet said to have taught in a one-room school on the site. There are two middle schools and one high school. Some 98 percent of Syosset High School’s class of 2013 is college-bound and 18 students were national merit finalists. Nearly 10 years ago Rachel and Michael Rosenberg, then Syosset residents, were thrilled that one day their daughter, then an infant, would be enrolled in the Syosset Central School district. Even sweeter was the possibility of living in Woodbury, with its strong sense of community. In 2006 the Rosenbergs sold their Syosset coop and bought a 5,000-square-foot center-hall colonial in The Gates. They haven’t looked back. Nice restaurants, night life, young people, shopping, and activities for the kids abounds. “It’s a lot of fun,” says Rachel, 41, a teacher, who now has three children. “Plus you are close to the city and the Hamptons, and you can just jump on the LIE or the Northern State. It’s so convenient.” SE
Though Woodbury lacks a downtown, the hamlet is abuzz with shopping and neighborhood amenities. Several strip malls teeming with high-end shops and cozy restaurants along Jericho Turnpike have a Main Street feel.
Ice Skating at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park is a neighborhood fave. Woodbury Mens Shop . View of clothes on display in the window
Hairdresser/Stylist Tatiana Ramos gives a Signature Aire Blow Out to customer Dara Underberg of Mill Neck.
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FEATURED PROPERTY This spectacular home has six full and three half baths and an attached three car garage. The home boasts the latest electronic smart home features, including a digital Creston remote access control system.
Atlantis Meets Old Westbury By LAURIE NADEL
Flowing water represents success and wealth in feng shui, the ancient Chinese system that harmonizes elements within the home to maximize its strength. At this special seven bedroom mansion, the element of water -- think Atlantis meets Old Westbury -- creates excitement, surprise, and pleasure, all of which enhance the splendor of this 10,000 square foot Mediterranean home set on three lush acres. A gated private entrance of black wrought-iron gates with gold medallions opens to a landscaped drive that leads to the majestic brick mansion, its 10-foot high mahogany front doors with elliptical windows framed in wrought iron and flanked by two stone lions. Oneâ€™s first encounter with water is a large koi pond in front of the residence. Details throughout the house include exotic wood floors set in Versailles patterns, mahogany walls in the formal areas, and a hand painted ceiling dome fresco in the living room. Traditional features like French doors 52 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY
in the living room and a mahogany paneled formal dining room exude palatial dignity. The theme of water as a symbol of success is evident throughout. On the lower level five 2,000-gallon floor to ceiling fish tanks face the indoor swimming pool and bar. At one time, the aquarium was home to several sharks. In addition to a 15-seat home theater/media room with Art Deco ceiling and wall features, a full wine cellar, and a fully equipped exercise room, the basement has a secret safe room that can be entered by tapping a bronze butterfly half-hidden in a wall covered in green plastic vines. The rooms are generously proportioned. On the second floor, all six bedrooms have en suite baths. The master suite has a large sitting room and oversized bathroom. On the opposite end of the hall, a casino room and full bar overlooks the koi pond and landscaped front grounds. In the backyard, an artificial three story grotto forms the backdrop for powerful waterfalls that crash into the
outdoor pool, which includes a swim-up bar. Staircases wind through the grotto to a series of small caves which include a cabana with a rain shower, sink and toilet; another bar with gas fireplace and flat-screen TV; and an in-ground Jacuzzi area. An outdoor dining area with a carved stone table, refrigerator and gas barbecue faces the pool. The entire grotto and surrounding grounds are dramatically lit at night. This spectacular home has six full and three half baths and an attached three car garage. The home boasts the latest electronic smart home features, including a digital Creston remote access control system. Built in 2006, 38 Applegreen Drive is in Jericho school district, number 15. SR
Price Upon Request See page 63 for listing. For interest in this property contact Shawn Elliott at (516) 695-6349
The theme of water as a symbol of success is evident throughout. On the lower level five 2,000-gallon floor to ceiling fish tanks face the indoor swimming pool and bar. At one time, the aquarium was home to several sharks.
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Gated new construction stone/stucco estate situated on over five rolling acres located in exclusive Dupont Estates. This 6 bedroom, 11 full bath, 12,000+ square foot Brookville masterpiece features 10 foot ceilings, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, 7 fireplaces, coffered ceilings and crown moldings throughout, his/hers custom baths and cherry paneled elevator. Full, finished lower level and audio/video automation system. Backyard entertaining at its best offers in-ground heated Gunite pool with attached hot tub, waterfall, Koi pond, meditation hut, full service cabana, tennis court, outside fire pit and four car garage. Jericho School District
Price Upon Request
Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349
ELEGANT COLONIAL IN BROADHOLLOW Enjoy this Exquisite Custom Built Brick Colonial in the Sought after Gated Community of Broadhollow, sited on 2.3 acres of absolute magnificence. A Double Story Marble Entry Foyer welcomes you to this Impeccably Built Seven Bedroom and Seven and One Half Bath Residence which Exudes Grace, Charm and Sophistication. Detailed Moldings and Extensive Intricate Millwork Throughout enhance the Elegantly appointed Principal Rooms. A Lavish â€œMain Floor Master Suiteâ€? with His & Hers Spa Baths also includes a sitting room, Walk-In Designer Fitted Closets and Two Fireplaces with Magnificent Carved Mantels. A Walk Out Lower Level Provides Staff or Private Guest Quarters, Gym, Bar, Karate Room, Playroom, Billiard Room and More. The Breathtaking 2.3 Acres Offers a True Country Club Setting with Bluestone Patios, an Inviting Sparkling In-Ground Pool and Summer Kitchen also included are Two Garages with Room for Six Cars plus a Full House Generator. The Ultimate in Luxury Living in the Renowned Jericho School District.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743 54 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
THE RANCH ON FIRE LANE #3 “Builder’s Own” Spectacular Gated Sprawling Farm Ranch resting on 3.29 Premium Captivating Flat Usable Acres Offering Extreme Privacy and Luxury. The Magnificent Grand Custom Kitchen Features ElegantCarrara Marble Countertops and an Oversized Carrara Marble Center Island Opening To A Sunlit Warm and Inviting Family Room with Custom Built-ins and Soaring Ceilings Overlooking the Expansive and Professionally Landscaped Property. A Main Floor Master Suite offers His & Her’s Designer Closets and Radiant Heated Floor in Bath Creating a Spa- like Tranquil Experience With Your Private Hot Tub On A Romantic Private Deck. Other Amenities include Surveillance Cameras, Russound Audio Throughout, Free form Beach Entry Heated Gunite Pool with Waterfalls and LED Lighting, Red Har-tru Tennis Court. Pool House includes Bath, Outside Shower, Locker Room, Kitchen and Washer/Dryer. This Chic Residence Also Offers Slate Roof and 3 Car Garage. Enjoy the Superb Architectural Design and Execution Throughout. Country Club Living at its Best in the Award Winning Jericho Schools. For A Private Viewing Please Contact Andrea Jablow
Price Upon Request
Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743
“THE OASIS” Defined by grace and style, “The Oasis” is a glorious Country Estate that blends “Old World” charm with today’s modern amenities. Completely restored to perfection, it highlights distinctive living areas with exceptional architectural details. Quality appointments, high ceilings and crown moldings add warmth and luxury to this impressive residence. Located on a tranquil and private cul-de-sac street in Brookville, the 5+ magnificent park-like acres of landscaped lawns surrounded by mature specimen trees provide the ideal setting for this classic estate. In perfect balance with its picturesque grounds, this remarkable home is distinguished by its scenic property with the delightful 65 foot Olympic-size Pool, Cabana House, Gazebo, Tennis Court and new splendid Koi Pond with cascading stone waterfall amidst the landscape. “The Oasis”, an estate of Timeless Luxury, exemplifies the ultimate in serenity and refinement.
Contact: Sandy Binder 516-819-0000 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 55
Gated Brick 1926 Manor Home In The Heart Of The Exclusive Broadhollow Brookville Community In The Acclaimed Jericho School District. Elegant Formal Rooms With 12 Fireplaces And Great Informal Rooms For Relaxation. Banquet Room. Set On Exquisite 7.23 Acres, Formal Gardens, Pool And Pool House.Par 3 Golf Hole.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349
WATERFRONT PROPERTY Welcome to â€œWindriftâ€? located on the 605 acre Village of Centre Island, only 32 miles from Manhattan, a great alternative to the Hamptons! This prestigious location is convenient to the finest restaurants, shopping, public and private schools. Down a tree lined drive, this 7,700 square foot European Style Estate features 5 bedrooms and 6.55 baths of opulent luxury. This exceptional residence boasts 4 fireplaces and embodies classical architectural details throughout. Majestically set on 6 magnificent water front acres with unobstructed waterviews from every room. The verdant rolling lawn leads you to your own private beach. The lush acres include a Gazebo, secluded garden with cascading waterfall, a wisteria covered Pergola ushers you to the heated Gunite pool & Palladium style pool house. Wonderful for indoor/outdoor entertaining! The Tennis court completes the luxury lifestyle amenities in this sophisticated one of a kind home!
Price Upon Request
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111 56 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
Stately Cotswold country manor home nestled on one lush acre in exclusive Wincoma Estates beach community. Built in 1919 and beautifully renovated with every modern amenity, this magnificent residence offers 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, and a powder room. Formal living room with exposed-beam vaulted ceilings, formal dining room with fireplace and scenic views and old world architectural details. Kitchen features custom cabinetry with granite counters and professional grade appliances. Family room with fireplace overlooks the pool and grounds. Expansive master suite with private study, walk-in closet, and large master bath. Lower level designed with kitchen, climate-controlled wine cellar, and personal movie theatre. Spacious one-bedroom cottage with large living and dining room, and kitchen. Sparkling in-ground gunite pool with water views of the Long Island Sound. Wincoma Beach Association with dock and mooring rights. This grand home is truly the epitome of resort-style living on the North Shore’s Gold Coast.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761
‘SEAS THE DAY’ BEST WESTERN WATERFRONT IN BAY – Elevated 102 feet! Experience the Beautiful 180 Degree Panoramic Views from this Diamond Family Compound. Enjoy Picturesque Sunsets from the Entire Compound and 120 feet of Sandy Beach with Clean, Clear Water! Fabulous Parking for Multiple Cars. Situated Adjacent to 30+ Acre Preserve that can Never be Built on! Low Taxes.
Contact: Suzanne Wehren 631-255-6097
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HAMLET Expanded Islander Totally Renovated. Features include an Architect Designed Living Room, Dining Room And Bar Area with High End Custom Cabinetry. Fully Renovated Kitchen with Custom Cabinets and Top of Line Appliances Including Sub Zero Refrigerator, Miele Double Ovens, Warming Draw and Miele Dishwasher. Granite and Marble Bathrooms. Other Features include an In House Gym, a Huge Private Rear Deck and Sound System Throughout.
Contact: Judy Fruitbine 516-298-5382
ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE WITH EXCEPTIONAL WATERVIEWS Kings Point: Enjoy This Sunlit 14,000 Square Foot Architectural Masterpiece Beyond Compare with Exceptional Waterviews of the Manhattan Skyline and Bridges, Designed by the Renowned Architects MojoStumer. A Dramatic Open Floor Plan Incorporates and Showcases Walls of Glass and Soaring Ceilings in this Superb Residence which exudes the Ultimate Craftsmanship Throughout with use of the Finest Materials. The Palatial Master Suite includes a Private Romantic Terrace to enjoy Magical Waterviews. A Spectacular Indoor Pool with Floor to Ceiling Glass Doors allows access to the Breathtaking Gardens. Truly a World Class Residence that Surpasses the Expectations of the Most Discerning Buyer. Situated on 1 Acre of Exceptional Property in the Prestigious Village of Kings Point. Elevator Included.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743 58 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
‘HAREWOOD’’ A long, private driveway leads to “Harewood,” a magnificent Georgian-style brick center-hall colonial built in 1932. Set amidst 7.76 spectacular Gold Coast acres, this 7500 square foot mansion has period details and every modern amenity. 7 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and 3 1/2 half baths. Foyer leads to oval reception room with fresco ceiling, detailed plaster moldings, and intricate millwork. Palatial-sized dining room, and ballroom with five sets of French doors that open to a covered bluestone patio. Kitchen features large granite-topped center island, radiant heat, and butler’s pantry. Sunny breakfast room overlooks lush lawns and formal gardens. Wide arch off kitchen leads to family room with built-in cabinetry. Master suite wing with dressing rooms, luxurious spa-like master bathroom, and French doors to private balcony. 2 bedrooms with en suite baths, and 2 additional bedrooms on the third floor. Lower level with playroom and personal gym. Sparkling heated in-ground pool, spa, limestone terrace, Roman neo-classic copper domed pool house with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a kitchen and sitting room with a fireplace make this home ideal for elegant outdoor entertaining. This landmark residence is complete with private beach and mooring rights.
Price on Request
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 Linda Carey 631-807-8015
This magnificent brick Georgian center-hall colonial was built in 1938 and is set amidst 2 private acres with 380 feet of Lloyd Harbor waterfront. This stately Gold Coast home boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and 2 half baths. A lovely entry foyer with a period crystal lead chandelier leads to a large formal living room with fireplace, sun room, and gracious formal dining room with field paneling. Library features stunning walnut paneling, beautiful mill work, and attached powder room. Custom kitchen outfitted with country French cabinetry with full bath overlooks the harbor with spectacular views. Upstairs, the master suite has a fireplace, ample closet space, private balcony, and en suite master bathroom. There are two bedrooms with en suite baths, as well as two additional bedrooms on the same floor with a full hall bath. Huge basement with lots of storage and outside entrance. Outdoors this grand residence offers a large multi-level patio, ideal for elegant outdoor entertaining, and is immaculately landscaped with mature plantings. Gleaming hardwood floors and exquisite mill work throughout. Charming period details such as circular front and back staircase, leaded windows, slate roof, original shutters and hardware, and copper gutters make this home a landmark property. Complete with a 3-car garage, deeded dock, private beach, and Cold Spring Harbor school district.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 59
With no detail overlooked and no expense spared this home is truly a masterpiece. From tray ceilings down to the radiating floors it is literally top to bottom perfection. State of the art custom kitchen with every top of the line amenity. Six Large luxury bedrooms all accompanied by lavish bathrooms, including your first floor master that features a fireplace and access to the backyard. Relax in your billiards parlor while you entertain at the wet bar. Take the fun outside and jump into your pool that features a swim up bar then partake in a game of basketball or tennis on the courts. The personal touches are truly extraordinary and must be seen in person.
Contact: Brenden Burns 631-664-3564 Brian Feigenbaum 516-589-0939
Recapture days gone by with this Newly Constructed Colonial combining Old World Charm with today’s amenities. This shy 7,000 square foot 10 room Estate features 6 Bedrooms, 6 1/2 Baths with an Additional Mezzanine Space. High End Craftsmanship showcases the Open Floor Plan which includes the incomparable Chef’s Kitchen complete with Carrara Marble Counters and Coffered Ceilings. Additional Coffered Ceilings adorn the Dining Room, Living Room, Great Room, and Master Suite. Radiant Heated Floors throughout, Raised Paneling, 4 Fireplaces, and Rooms Wired for Today’s Technology Complete this Modern Residence. Picture Perfect on 2.4 Acres with additional space available over the Detached 2 Car Garage.
Contact: Paula M Johnson 516-661-1004 60 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
UNSURPASSED ELEGANCE Enjoy the Splendor of Private Estate Living as you pass through the gated entry and discover a serene tree lined drive with pleasing views of 3.43 magnificently landscaped acres. This “flawlessly finished” Distinctive Custom Built Colonial, with slate roof, is located in the prestigious village of Old Westbury and is the epitome of perfection. Exceptional and unparalleled craftsmanship are evident throughout including, Custom moldings, Exquisite millwork and Impeccable details in every room. Highlights of this 7 Bedroom, 6 full and 2 half bath residence includes a grand chef’s custom kitchen and a perfectly sunlit Breakfast Area overlooking the breathtaking property, a grand master suite with an abundance of custom built-in closets, marble spa bath, fireplace and a sitting room with French doors to a romantic balcony. Other features of this Designer Showcase include a magnificent paneled office, wine cellar, gym and a glistening in ground gunite pool. Conveniently located, approximately 25 miles from Manhattan, and moments from world class shopping, fine dining, golf courses and country clubs. This home exemplifies extraordinary quality, architecture, and design. Wheatley School District.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743
INCREDIBLE VALUE IN OLD WESTBURY A Serene Tree-Lined Drive with Pleasing Views of Estate Plantings and Verdant Sprawling Lawns lead to this Refreshed and Remastered Country Home. This Home Boasts the epitome of Classic Charm and Elegance and incorporates the use of Finest Materials and State-of-the-Art amenities. Clever Craftsmanship is employed throughout. The Expansive Kitchen with Custom Cabinetry from Latvia showcases the Finest Details including Carrara Marble Counter tops, a Center Island with Cooktop and Viking Appliances. A Beautiful Synthesis of Modern and Historic Elements. The Main Residence offers five bedrooms and four and one half bathrooms. The Master Suite is your own Private Sanctuary with His and Her Carrara Marble Baths, his with Steam Shower and hers with Jacuzzi. Situated on over Seven and one half acres of Gloriously breathtaking Landscaped acres, this residence offers the utmost in Privacy and Pleasure with Expansive rear patio, pool and a pool house complete with a Viking Kitchen. Har True tennis court, Sports Court, Putting Green, Pond, in addition to a separate Carriage House comprised of a Give car garage and adjoining apartment. A Remarkable Enclave. Just moments away from High Class Shopping and Dining, Exclusive Schools and Country Clubs and only twenty five minutes from Manhattan. A True Gold Coast Residence in Jericho Schools.
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Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 61
COURT ORDERED SALE! Elegant English Manor House In Serene Setting Backing A Private Golf Club. Situated on over 4 Professionally Landscaped Acres. This 5 Bedroom Home has been Completely Refurbished From Head To Toe with Unique Historical Significance. 5 Full and 2 Half Baths. Elevator & Generator. Outdoors features include a Cottage/Poolhouse, Free Form Pool, Tennis Court. Too Much To Mention!
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Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349
Applegreen – Old Westbury
Built in 2003. Drive up to this grand 11,000 sq. ft. Brick Mansion surrounded by privacy trees on 5.25 acres. Grand foyer with sweeping staircase leads to a large and airy music room with French doors, arched doorways and Greek columns. The lush living room has beautiful hardwood floors and is centered with a marble fireplace. Banquet-sized dining room, gourmet chef’s kitchen with center island, and every top-of-the-line appliance for today’s modern cook including a double Sub Zero refrigerator. Mahogany paneled library with built-ins and handsome fireplace, a true retreat from today’s world. Family room with granite fireplace and French doors. Master Suite fit for King and Queen with sitting area, built-ins and tray ceiling. Beautiful master bath with Jacuzzi tub, large double sink and separate shower. Additional 4 bedrooms and 4 baths on the upper level, including large bonus room. Full finished basement with wine cellar, movie theater for eight, game room, gym and 2 bedrooms and bath. Country Club luxurious living complete with inground Gunite pool and all-weather Tennis court. Located in award-winning Jericho School District.
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Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349 62 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
THE ATLANTIS MEETS OLD WESTBURY The Atlantis Meets Old Westbury. Close Your Eyes and Envision Living in Paradise. This Luxurious & Private Gated Mediterranean Villa has it All. Features include a Richly Designed Floor Plan, Oversized Rooms and an Indoor Pool Surrounded by Floor to Ceiling Fish Tanks. Attention to Detail Throughout. The Fabulous Master Bedroom Suite with Balcony Overlooks the Outdoor Stone Grotto with Pool. Please contact Shawn Elliott for a private showing.
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Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349
THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURY LIVING IN PRESTIGIOUS HIDDEN POND Enjoy this Spectacular 7100 square foot 6 Bedroom, 5 Full and 3 Half Bath Shingle and Stone Hampton Style Masterpiece Built by RB Shore Development. Situated on 2 Gated Acres of Professionally Landscaped and Manicured Property, This Residence Showcases A Gambrel Roof, Copper Gutters and a Courtyard Driveway with Belgium Block Curbs and Aprons. An Inviting In-Ground Negative Edge Pool, Overlooks Approximately 500 Breathtaking Acres of Equestrian Property and Vistas of the Polo Fields. Wraparound Masonry Patios, Trellis Shade Structures and an Outdoor Built in BBQ showcase the Exquisite Attention to Detail Employed throughout the Exterior as well as the Interior of this “Superb” New Construction. Highlights include an Expansive Open Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen Featuring Marble Countertops, Center Island and Professional Appliances plus a Glass Filled Sunlit Breakfast Room with Soaring Tower-Vaulted Ceiling. The Kitchen opens to Warm and Inviting Family Room and a Handsome Mahogany Library. The Luxurious Master Suite with Romantic Fireplace, includes a Radiant Heated Marble Spa Bath and Custom California Style Closets. Other Prime Features Include: Coffered Ceilings, Extensive Hand Crafted Mill Work, Wide Planked Wood Floors, Generator, Wiring for Today’s Technology, plus a Full 3500 Square Foot Finished Lower Level offering a Great Room, Media Room, Bedroom with Full Bath and Outside Walkout Access. This prestigious Residence Exudes an Unparalleled Execution of Style, Grace and Exceptional Quality. Gold Coast Luxury Living at its Best. Jericho Schools.
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Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 63
DRAMATIC CONTEMPORARY SPLENDOR IN OLD WESTBURY A Long Private Drive brings you to this Majestic, Dramatic, Custom Built Architectural Masterpiece designed by World Renowned Architects, Keller & Sangren. An Uncompromised Level of Distinctive Craftsmanship is evident throughout this home with its 30 ft Entry Foyer, Walls of Glass, Soaring Ceilings, and Open Floor Plan throughout. A Chefâ€™s Gourmet Kitchen includes a large Center island with Granite Countertops, Pizza oven and a Sunlit Breakfast Area Overlooking the Expansive, Lush Two Acre Property. On the Second level, the Master Suite includes Sitting Room, Marble Spa Bath and its own Private Gym. A Spacious Lower level features a Golf Room, Movie Theater with Stage, and Two Private Guest Suites. Other Amenities include a Sparkling InGround Gunite Heated Pool with Jacuzzi, and a Pool House which replicates the Main Residence. Three Car Heated Garage with Mahogany Doors, Generator. Renowned Jericho School District.
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Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743
CONCEPT IN DRAMA Elegance and Sophistication have been captured in this custom classic Hampton-style Manor Home. Completely renovated and expanded by a prominent architect, this 10,000 sq. ft. exceptional 8 Bedroom, 9 Bath residence of architecturally distinct visual exhilaration is distinguished by its innovative design and quality appointments. The expansive rooms are enhanced by a tasteful blend of casual gracious family living and elegant entertaining. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac in Wheatley School District, the 5+ acre outstanding park-like beautiful property is embellished by a delightful Pool, Har-tru Tennis Court and Cabana House. This home of elegance, tranquility and comfort is an investment in pleasurable living. Truly an excellent opportunity and a not to be missed offering!
Contact: Sandy Binder 516-819-0000 64 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
Old Westbury Jewel
TEMPLETON - A CELEBRATED GOLD COAST ESTATE Fifteen plus magnificent acres are the setting for this sprawling brick Georgian Manor Estate in a prime location. Truly an exceptional, unparalleled Gold Coast Jewel. A horticulturist’s delight with stately trees, broad stretches of beautiful lawns bordered by evergreens, specimen plantings and botanic gardens with award-winning rose gardens and ornate topiaries. Featured amenities include Pool, Tennis Court, 3 Greenhouses and Cottages. The renowned equestrian enclave includes 2 Horse Barns with 17 Stalls, Paddocks and Caretaker’s Cottage. Utilizing every natural advantage including the Wheatley School District, this estate is nothing short of perfection. Can be subdivided. Private showing by appointment only. Huge Price Reduction.
Contact: Sandy Binder 516-819-0000
CONTEMPORARY SPLENDOR This extraordinary 7 bedroom custom Contemporary is set on 2.2 magnificent acres in the prestigious community of Stone Arches. Elegant and gracious details are captured throughout this 6800 square foot home located on a superb cul-de-sac street in both the Wheatley and Roslyn School Districts. Renovated and updated with exceptional taste and quality, the Contemporary design incorporates high ceilings and open expanses. Sweeping walls of glass capture the panoramic beauty of the picturesque gardens, flowering shrubs and specimen trees. The lush landscaped property with an array of amenities, creates the lure of country club leisure and comfort. The natural picture book scenery is complete with multilevel bluestone patios, an inground gunite Pool with waterfall and a secluded Tennis Court nestled beyond soaring pine trees. Experience a lifestyle of luxury in this outstanding Contemporary beauty!
Contact: Sandy Binder 516-819-0000 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 65
THE HAMLET ON OLDE OYSTER BAY Designed with all the charm reminiscent of an old coast town, The Hamlet On Olde Oyster Bay is a gated luxury community composed of condominiums and single family homes. The heart of the community is the Conservatory Clubhouse featuring a Restaurant, Health Spa, Card Rooms, Ballroom, Indoor Pool, Beauty Salon, Teen Room and Concierge Services. On site premises include Outdoor Pools, 7 Acre Lake, Peddle Boats, Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Putting Green & Kiddie Park. The condominiums offer two or three bedrooms all with two baths, eat in kitchens and a garage. The homes are designed in six styles three ,four or five bedrooms, up to three and one half baths and two or three car garages. Impeccable design,dramatic spaces, and quality craftsmanship define each home. The lifestyle resembles everyday living at a fine vacation resort. Many models are available.
Prices Upon Request
Contact: Fern Altman 516-524-3387
Enter Through the Electric Gate and Paved Courtyard to a Custom Brick Estate Which Sits on 4 + Acres in Old Westbury. The Beautiful Entrance Hallway With Bridal Staircase, Leads to the Upper Level Where Bedroom Balconies Overlook the Grounds. The Main Residence Offers 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, Master Bedroom Suite W/Jacuzzi, Spacious Entertainment Rooms, Wood Floors and High Ceilings. Quality Appointments Throughout. Full Finished Basement with large media/ entertainment room, bedroom, and bath complete this approximate 6000 sq ft home. This Extraordinary Property Features A Large Separate Guest House, Additional Detached Garage, In ground Gunite Pool with Three Tier Waterfall, Tennis/Basketball Court, Stable and Go Cart Track, All Which Contribute to Resort-like Living. An Unbelievable Value!
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111 66 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
EXCLUSIVELY OURS! This Stunning Brick Colonial Sits on over Four acres and boasts over 12, 000 square feet of living space. Located in a Rare Gated Neighborhood in the Jericho school district. Enter into a 22’ Foyer with Jerusalem Gold Stone Throughout the Entry and Main Floor Common Area, complete with Radiant Heat and a Winding Staircase Handcrafted in Wrought Iron and Mahogany. An Oversized Kitchen offers a Wolf 6 Burner Range, Two Dishwashers, Three Ovens, Walk In Pantry and is Flooded with Natural Light with French Doors leading to the Outside Entertainment Area. Silk Wall Coverings Drape the Dining Room Walls with Rich Oak Floors and A Gas Fireplace. The Living Room, Library, Gentleman’s Office and Family Room are on a Grand Scale with Detailed Ceiling Design and Wide Moldings. There are Seven Bedrooms. His and Her Baths ,Outfitted Closets and Private Balcony make the Master Suite quite special. Full Finished Lower Level with Soundproofed Theater Custom Embossed Leather Electrical Seating for 13, Billiard Room with Raised Paneling and 1000 Bottle Wine Cellar which is Temperature Regulated. Additionally, the home offers State-of-the-art Lutron and Crestron Systems, Generator, 4 Car Garage and Hotel-Like Yard with Pool. Reasonable Taxes.
Contact: Francine Eisenberg 516-449-8738
Set on 2.2 waterfront acres on the famed Gold Coast of Long Island, this Sands Point home is a Spectacular Offering. With 10000 square feet of exquisite living space, this masterpiece is impeccably designed and decorated to suit the highest expectations. Exquisite and luxurious throughout with breathtaking vistas of Long Island Sound and a fantastic view of Manhattan. Features include 7 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half baths, eat-in-kitchen with butler’s bar, solarium room, his and her dens, formal living and dining rooms, Master Suite with luxurious master bath, 2 sitting areas. Outdoor features include an inground gunite pool and pool house, 2 balconies with fabulous views, front porch and bluestone patios, 4 car garage with full basement. Beautifully landscaped property with unbelievable water views.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349 or Zach Elliott 516-695-1547 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 67
ONE OF A KIND FRENCH CHATEAU IN SANDS POINT Enjoy this Exquisite Palatial Estate Built in 2013 on 2 Glorious Private Gated Acres. This Residence Showcases the Finest European Craftsmanship with the use of Unparalleled Imported Materials. From the moment you enter through the imported Hand Forged Wrought Iron and Glass Doors, you are captured by the 30 Ft Entry Foyer Featuring intricate plaster moldings,Raised Panels, 36 X 36 Crema Marfil Marble Floors and an Opulent Marble Staircase showcasing an Imported Wrought Iron Railing. The Library serves as a warm respite and includes a Travertine Fireplace. The Ballroom with 30 Ft Ceiling and Basketweave Moldings overlooks the Rear Grounds and includes an Italian Imported Fireplace which required 3 Months to assemble. A Baronial Dining Room features Plaster Moldings, Raised Panels and once again Magnificent Book Matched Marble Floor and an Imported Fireplace. The Chef’s Dream Kitchen with 2 Refrigerators and 2 Dishwashers Includes 2 10’ Granite Islands With Triple Ogee Edge plus every amenity including an adjacent Butler’s Pantry. The Stunning Kitchen Opens to the Family/Great Room with Fireplace. Main Level also features a Unique Onyx Lounge-Like Powder Room with His & Hers Water Closets Exemplifying the Impressive Features of this Residence. The Second Level features the Expansive master Suite with a Master Bath fit for Royalty which Includes His & Hers Steam Showers, Jacuzzi and Domed Ceiling. All Bathrooms in this Home are “Works of Art” with Spectacular use of Mosaic Tiles and Custom Marble Finishes. Enjoy the Lower Level featuring a 16 seat Home Theater with an amazing 200 inch screen, Bar, Sauna, Massage Room, Wine Cellar, Dining Room, Kitchen, Lounge, Laundry and bedroom. The Rear Resort like Property features Salt Water Mosaic Tiled Pool with Two Fountains and LED Lights, Jacuzzi and Granite Coping. Additional highlights: include 4 Car Garage with Mahogany Doors, 800 Amps Service, Surround Sound, Radiant Heat throughout, plus so much more. This Estate is Truly an Architectural Masterpiece and Exemplifies the Epitome of Luxury Living
Price Upon Request
Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743
CHATEAU-INSPIRED MANSION ON 5 PRIVATE ACRES Situated on 5 manicured acres on a private cul-de-sac in the prestigious Village of Upper Brookville on Long Island’s Gold Coast, this French Chateau-style Mansion is truly a spectacular offering. Just 30 miles from Manhattan, imposing iron gates and a Belgian block driveway lead to this 10,000 square foot custom masterpiece. A grand two-level marble foyer with sweeping staircase and coffered ceiling greets you and leads into formal living room with Palladian windows overlooking the expansive lawns, heated gunite pool, tennis court, and guest home. Enjoy a gourmet chef’s kitchen with professional stainless steel appliances, large granite center island, custom cabinetry, multiple chandeliers, and sunny breakfast nook. Just off the kitchen lies a banquet-sized dining room with a carved stone fireplace. The first floor master suite features intricate custom woodwork throughout and boasts a luxurious marble bath, multiple walk-in closets, two sitting areas, fireplace, and French doors leading to private outdoor patio. There are 7 additional bedrooms, each complete with onsuite full bath and walk-in closet. The lower level is open and unreserved, complete with lounge, billiards room, wine cellar, gym, and ballet-inspired dance floor. The Chateau also features a magnificent cherry wood-paneled gentleman’s office with fireplace, a large custom viewing room/media center, and 3 car garage. A luxurious 2 bedroom guest home with granite kitchen and vaulted ceilings completes this stunning compound. Located in the award-winning Locust Valley School District, this home truly exemplifies both comfort and luxury.
Contact: Nick Woll 516-380-3859 68 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
Built for the New Millennium but with all the grace and charm of the ‘Great Gatsby’ era, this Mediterranean-style Villa sits majestically on 5 acres of exquisite landscaping with a gated entry abutting the Planting Fields Arboretum and boasts over 14,500+ square feet of living space. Enter this Fabulous Estate home into a grand 3-story marble floor foyer with twin floating staircases ascend to a landing with a fresco mural. The palatial Master Suite features a fireplace and kitchenette, There are 4 additional bedrooms with private baths on the second floor. Exceptional craftsmanship seen throughout in massive and intricate moldings, inlaid marble and hardwood floors, designer baths, marble and granite gourmet kitchen. Two attached 4-car garages, a 65 foot ballroom and a glass enclosed inground pool and spa opening to the patio and formal gardens. The third floor large cupola features a 360 degree observation deck to overlook the beautiful gardens and land. Completely finished 6500 square foot basement with two guest suites and more. Private elevator accesses 3 floors. A beautiful cul-de sac location on Long Island’s fabled North Shore Gold Coast just forty minutes from Manhattan and major airports.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349
Magnificent, One Of A Kind, 5 Bedroom Plus Bonus Room, 5.5 Bath Center Hall Colonial with Brazilian Cherry Wood Floors Throughout. Gourmet Wolf Eat In Kitchen. Master Suite with Sitting Room, Fridge, Wet Bar, Dual Entry Free Standing Shower, His/ Her Bath & Jacuzzi Tub Out To Patio. Three En-Suite Bedrooms. Amazing Full Finished Basement with 10’ Ceilings, Movie Theatre, Putting Green, Wet Bar, Bedroom with Full Bath & Cedar Closet. Three Car Garage. Inground Gunite, Heated Pool, Cabana with Bath & Magnificent Grounds. Syosset School District.
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
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WATERFRONT Magnificent 3,100 Square Foot Waterfront Home With 4 Large Bedrooms and 5 Full Bathrooms All Custom Designed & Built Using The Finest Materials Available. Enter The Grounds Over The Natural Stone Circular Driveway, Up Granite Steps and Through The Mahogany Doors Into The Grand Foyer. Offering Haute Living In An Incredible Setting, This Home Features Anderson Architectural Windows, 5.5 Inch Wild Brazilian Cherry Floors, 9’ To 16’ Ceilings Throughout, Wrought Iron Banisters, & Brand New Custom Kitchen. Gleaming Imported Granite Floors In The Kitchen, Dining & Living Room Were Installed By Skilled European Craftsmen Offering The Highest Quality. High Grade Custom Spanish Tile Clay Roof, Copper Leaders & Gutters, Brand New Trex Overhead From Bulkhead Leads To Private Floating Dock, Or Serene In-Ground Heated Swimming Pool With Waterfall. Incredible Chefs Kitchen With 48” Viking Refrigerator, 6 Range Gas Viking Stove, Maple Cabinetry, Granite Island With 2 Large Sinks, All Stainless Steel Appliances, 2 Kitchen Aid Dishwashers, Marvel Wine Cooler, Pull Out Hafele Pantry System & More! Featuring CAT5 Wiring Throughout, Surveillance System, RUSS Sound System, Radiant Heated Floors Throughout, Tiled Spa Bathrooms, & Every Amenity Which Can Be Imagined! All Located On The Widest Protected Canal on The South Shore in Bellmore School District #7
Price Upon Request
Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737, Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111
WATERFRONT Completely Renovated With The Finest Materials, This 4 Bedroom, 4 ½ Bath Home Has It All, Located In Bellmore School District #7, This Home Boasts An Incredible Rear Yard With Outdoor Kitchen With Natural Gas, Sink, & Refrigerator. Paver Patio, Landscape Lighting, Its Own Private Beach & Trex Pier Leading To A 40’ Floating Dock With Underwater Lights For Over 2 Boats & Brand New Vinyl Bulkhead. This Home Offers Wide Open Space With Granite & Hardwood Floors, Large Granite Kitchen, Stainless Steel Appliances, With Custom Cabinets, Meile Cappuccino Maker, & Large Doors Leading Outside. Entertain In The Spacious Formal Dining Room Or The Family/Media Room. This Home Offers Radiant Heat on The First Level, As Well As Central Vacuum. Incredible Master Suite with Enormous Bathroom With Jacuzzi Tub, Private Shower, Pantry Area, All With Magnificent Water Views. The Master Suite Overlooks The Water With Cathedral Ceilings, Tall Ceilings, & Tons of Space. Very Large Full Walk Out Basement & Huge Finished Loft/Attic Offers Even More Space. A Brand New State of The Art Alarm System, Multi-Room Home Audio System, & Seven Camera Remote Accessible Surveillance System Offer Additional Luxuries, Custom Built Iron Doors, Fully Gated Property, 2 Gas Fireplaces, Three Car Garage With Lift, Brand New Gas Burner, 4 Zone Central Air Conditioning, & Stainless Steel Outdoor Railings. This Home Is So Unique It Even Boasts Its Own Waterfall In The Front Yard!
Price Upon Request
Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737, Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111 70 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
WATERFRONT Enter A New World Of Comfort & Leisure In South Merrick Waterfront Center Hall Colonial. Offering An Open Floor Plan With 4,400 Square Feet of Living Space & Water Views From Every Room In The House, You Can Enjoy Some Of The Most Tranquil Sunrise and Sunsets Through Exposure To The East, South, & West. Featuring 5 Large Bedrooms With 3 Full Bathrooms This Home Has Space For Everyone. Enter The Property On a Completely Paved Driveway With Specimen Plantings & Large Koi Pond Through Two Large Entry Doors Into The Grand Foyer. Make Your Way An Open Concept Kitchen, Completely Renovated Offers Unobstructed Views of The Water. As Well As A Two Way Fireplace. Entertain In The Formal Living Room, Relax In The Family Room With Automated Projector and 100” Screen. Make Your Way Upstairs Via A Large Bridal Staircase To The Large Bedrooms. The Master Suite Features Amazing Views Of The Open Bay From The Bedroom & Huge Marble Bathroom With Jacuzzi Tub As Well As Steam Shower & Sauna. The Master Suite Also Has Its Own Private Terrace To Enjoy The Outdoors Right Out Of Your Bedroom. As You Make Your Way Downstairs You’ll See The Spacious Full Walk-Out Basement With Tall Ceilings, Full Carpeted, and Usable As A Billiards Parlor, Theatre, Or More! The Resort Style Backyard Features 95 Feet of New Bulkhead, A Private Boat Pier, Floating Dock, 20,000 Pound Capacity Boat & Jet Ski Lift, As Well As Great Entertaining Space Featuring Outdoor BBQ & More! This Home Offers A Large 2 Car Garage, Stucco Exterior, Central Air Conditioning & Located In Merrick School District #25
Price Upon Request
Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737, Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111
Updated Gated Colonial Set on 2 Beautiful Acres. Elegant Living Room with Marble Fireplace, Fabulous Carrara Marble Chef’s Kitchen, Sub Zero Refrigerator with Separate Refrigerator Drawers. Magnificent Hardwood Floors Throughout. Heated Gunite Pool with Rock Waterfall. Located in Jericho School District.
Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743
Spectacular 13 room custom colonial on 2 secluded acres: formal dining room with fireplace, formal living room with French doors & fireplace. Custom cherry kitchen, granite counters, large center island, breakfast area, & adjoining butler’s pantry. Family room with fireplace & double set of French doors. Master suite with attached office, walk-in closets, & luxury master bath. 4 additional bedrooms plus 4.5 bathrooms. Outside features covered portico, blue stone patio, & in-ground salt water pool . Other highlights include a gym/bonus room, billiardsroom, 3 car garage, beach rights, & Cold Spring Harbor Schools.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761
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Magnificent brick and stucco Mediterranean-style colonial. Private and gated, this residence is located on 2.66 professionally landscaped acres on a cul-de-sac in the prestigious village of Muttontown. Open floor plan with dramatic two-story entry foyer with bridal staircase, soaring ceilings in great room, formal living and dining room, beautifully updated eat-in-kitchen, huge master suite with 2 walk-in closets and large spa-like master bath. 5 additional bedrooms (including a guest suite on the main floor), 5 full bathrooms, and a powder room. Fully finished basement with outside entrance, lounge and entertaining area, and full bathroom. Sparkling in-ground pool, 3 car garage, 5 zone natural gas-fired hot water heat, 5 zone central air conditioning. Jericho School District.
Oyster Bay Cove
Great location for the most discerning buyer! Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this lovely center-hall colonial features a spacious updated kitchen with granite counters and center island, 5 bedrooms, 3 renovated baths and 2 powder rooms. Situated on 2+ professionally landscaped flat acres with an amazing inground pool with waterfall, bluestone patio, a 5 car garage, and ample room for a tennis court.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761
2 PRISTINE ACRES – A RARE OFFERING A Serene Tree-Lined Drive Enhances The Privacy Of This Majestic Custom Built Brick Colonial Sited On 2 Plus Magnificent Acres In The Heart Of Roslyn. Enjoy Unobstructed Views From Every Room Of This Elegant Home. The Epitome Of Quality Is Evident Throughout And Enhances This 5900 Square Foot Residence Filled With The Finest Materials & State-Of-The-Art Amenities. Large Principal Rooms And An Open Floor Plan With Soaring Ceilings, An Expansive Chef’s Kitchen, Plus A Great Room With 30 Foot Vaulted Ceilings, All Add To The Ambiance Of This Residence. A Full Finished Lower Level Has It All! Including A Beautiful Wet Bar Plus An Oversized Area for Entertaining And Also Areas For Fun And Relaxation. Roslyn SD
Price Upon Request
Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743 72 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
ELEGANT RESIDENCE IN ROSLYN ESTATES Enjoy this Pristine Residence situated on One of the Most Desirable Streets in Roslyn Estates. This Warm and Inviting Home features Superb Detailing and Quality Craftsmanship throughout and Generously Proportioned Formal and Informal Rooms. Highlights include First Floor Master Suite, Expansive Living Room with Exquisite details and Moldings, Sunlit Inviting Den with Vaulted Ceiling, Banquet Sized Dining Room and Custom Chef’s Kitchen. The Lower Level includes: 2 Dens, Custom Wet Bar, Temperature Controlled Wine Closet, Gym, Sauna, Steam Room, Playroom Plus Full Bedroom and Bath. Country Club Living at its Best… Built-In BBQ, Expansive Bluestone Patio and your own Private Putting Green. Roslyn SD
Price Upon Request
Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743
Totally Renovated In 2006, Mini Mansion Situated on Over 1 Acre in Cul De Sac Location with a 20X40 Pool, Cabana, Putting Green, and Sports Court. This Home Boasts 5/6 Large Size Bedrooms, New Baths, and Every Detail Meticulously Thought Out. Designer Eat in Kitchen with Top Of The Line Appliances. 10 Seat Home Theatre, Extras Galore, 3 Car Garage, Theater Equipment Excluded Low Taxes, Must See!
Contact: Cheryl Goldman 516-902-0017
Beautiful 5 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath Post Modern Colonial with Grand Foyer, High Ceilings & Sweeping Staircase. Gourmet Eat In Kitchen with Granite Countertops, Wood Cabinets, Stainless Steel Appliances & Large Center Island That Opens To Large Family Room with Fireplace. Master Bedroom Suite with Sitting Room, Dressing Room, 2 Walk In Closets & Master Bath. Dual Staircases & Upstairs Laundry Room, Full Finished Basement with Bedroom, Bath, Play Area, Gym. 3 Car Garage. Flat 2 Acre Prop with Inground Heated Pool & Large Grass Area. Cold Spring Harbor SD & Laurel Hollow Beach & Mooring.
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
Beautiful 2012 Expanded Center Hall Colonial On Perfect Cul De Sac Location In Round Swamp Area Of Melville. 4 Bedrooms, Plus Office or Nursery & 3.5 New Baths. New Slate Roof, Windows & Doors. Huge Great Room Addition Off Kitchen and Family Room. Beautiful Stone Fireplace, All Wood Floors, Full, Finished Basement with Outside Entrance, Large Playroom, Bedroom, Additional Office & Gym. Situated on 1 Flat Acre with an Inground Pool. Half Hollow School District.
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
Oyster Bay Cove
Elegant, Brick Williamsburg Colonial Situated on 2.67 Acres on Old Woodward Estate. This 6 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath, Impeccable Home Features All Wood Floors, High Ceilings & Moldings. Formal Living Room & Dining Room each with own Fireplace. Fabulous Master Bedroom Suite with Tray Ceiling, Fireplace, and Double Walk-In Closets. Custom Eat In Kitchen with Large Bay Window Overlooks Pool, Beautiful Gardens And Verandas. Oyster Bay/ East Norwich SD.
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
Set At The End Of One Of The Most Desirable Cul-De-Sacs In Old Westbury, This 7,000 + Square Foot David Chotan Contemporary Of Soaring Ceilings And Walls Of Glass Offers Dynamic Living On 2.14 Luxuriously Private Acres. Cross The Belgium Block Courtyard And Decorative Pool With Fountain To Double Entry Doors, And An Inviting Marble Entry Foyer Opens To Entertaining, Over-Sized Principle Rooms With Impressive Views Of The Back Grounds. Upstairs, Set In Its Own Wing, The Vaulted Ceiling Master Bedroom Has A Free-Standing Fireplace, Fabulous Bath Area, Loft Office/Library, And Private Sundeck. Across A Catwalk Are Three Generously-Sized Family Bedrooms (One En Suite; One With A Loft; Each With Terrace). The Lower Level Is Finished With A Media Room, Playroom, Half Bath, Cedar Closet, And Cabana Bath With Access Out To The Back Grounds Featuring A Country Club In-Ground/Heated Gunite Pool, Separate Hot Tub Deck, All-Weather Tennis Court, Flower Gardens, And Lit Practice Green With Sand Trap. A Feel Good Home In The Renowned Jericho School District.
Contact: Jack Rossinsky 516-606-2451
Young stately 7,700 sq ft Brick Colonial with Limestone trims built in 2007 in exclusive Sands Point. Formal living room, formal dining room and den. State of the art gourmet kitchen featuring imported granite floors, two Viking stoves, double door refrigerator, 4 freezer doors, wine cooler and radiant heated floors. Master bedroom with balcony overlooking winter water views. Finished basement that includes a home theater, gym, 2 baths and cool tunnel for wine cellar. Additional amenities include Waterworks fixtures in all bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, teak floors, built-in intercom/alarm systems and a central humidification system for the main house. Outside, the 2-acre property boasts a heated gunite pool and Pool house with full bath and kitchenette. Courtyard entrance with inlayed stone, waterproofed and hurricane/flood protected home. Professionally landscaped with fruit trees. 4 car garage, completely fenced in property with sensor lighting throughout for privacy and security.
Contact: Batul Morbi 516-859-8037 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 73
Stately Brick French Normandy Manor Home. Gated, Impressive Curb Appeal. Situated on 5 Breathtaking Acres with 25X50 Heated Pool, Spa, and Tennis Court. This Residence Boosts Over 7000 Square Feet of Living Space. There is also a 2200 sq ft Brick Colonial Guest House with 2 Bedrooms and 2 Full Baths. Gas Heat In Guest House, Oil Heat In Main with Gas Line Basement. Full Entertainment Basement. 3 Car Garage. New Roof!
Contact: Cheryl Goldman 516-902-0017
Oyster Bay Cove
Spectacular 6800 Square Foot Decorator Done Contemporary on 2 Country Club Acres on Cul De Sac Block in Oyster Bay Cove. This Impressive 13 Room Home Includes 7 Spacious Bedrooms and 6.5 Baths. Enter This Home to Walls of Glass, Incredible Light, New Dark Hardwood Floors, Soaring Ceilings, and Large Open Rooms Perfect for Entertaining. Stunning Formal Dining Room with Built In Buffet. Formal Open Living Room Leads to Spacious Double Family Room Includes Amazing Lounge Area with Bar & Grand Fireplace with Separate TV Area with Surround Sound. In Addition, On a Separate Level Enjoy Your Favorite Shows in The Media Room. Wood & Granite Kitchen with Center Island, Separate Sub Zero Freezer and Refrigerator & All Top Appliances. Large Master Suite with Sitting Area & Fireplace includes Oversized Marble Bath with Jacuzzi tub. Separate Level Includes Guest Room with Full Bath, Office and Media Room. Full, Partially Finished, Walk Out Basement Features Full Gym with Rubber Flooring & Plenty of Storage. Country Club Living At Its Finest Complete with Inground, Heated, Gunite Pool and New Regulation U.S. Open Tennis Court. Four Car Garage. Syosset School District
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111 74 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
Naturally Delicious: Good-tasting and Good for Your Health By LINDA TAGLIAFERRO
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Savvy Long Islanders are expecting more than meat and potatoes when they dine out these days, and throughout the island, restaurants and markets are obliging. Following the nation’s burgeoning Fresh Food Movement, establishments have sprung up in Nassau and Suffolk where local, organic and/or vegan options rule. Here’s a sampling of some of these healthy gourmet eateries and delivery services.
VEGAN VARIETY Forbes magazine named high-end vegan cuisine as one of the Top 10 Food Trends of 2013, and a number of Long Island restaurants have added meat-and-dairy-free menus to their regular fare. Ariana in Huntington celebrates the foods of Afghanistan with a modern twist. Along with the expected lamb and beef dishes, there’s a separate vegan menu at this upscale restaurant. Entrees include Aushak Kadu, savory, homemade ravioli filled with roasted pumpkin, topped with marinara sauce. Bolanee consists of turnovers filled with potatoes and leeks. Among other choices, the vegan menu offers a sampler of Afghani-inspired meatless, dairy-free dishes. After dinner, vegan options abound for dessert, like the key lime pie, dairy-free soy ice cream and more. The Purple Elephant’s chef David Intonato has worked at high-end restaurants including Manhattan’s Drake Hotel, Ritz Carlton and Dos Caminos as well as Centerport’s Mill Pond House and Jamesport Manor Inn. Now he brings his culinary expertise to a casual café and food market in Northport Village. Offering a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, The Purple Elephant also features local, sustainable seafood, grass-fed meats and more for those hard-core carnivores who are married to vegans. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the café’s dinner menu includes items like the eggless, dairy-free, breaded eggplant topped with tasty marinara sauce and cheeseless “mozzarella” served over organic linguine. The vegan “chicken” Tikka Masala features a luscious, creamy soy yogurt tomato masala sauce with coconut milk, and bits of meat-free “chicken” served over a warm bed of toasted quinoa.
ORGANIC BURGERS AND MORE Bareburger opened its first Long Island restaurant in June, but the micro-chain already has an established presence throughout NYC. The bright, airy space features a long line of living greenery down its middle. Bright yellow walls feature several wide screen TVs showing cartoons in this family-friendly space. Eco-friendly tabletops were created from storm-salvaged wood, booths are lined with recycled vinyl, ceilings feature recycled barn siding and floors are constructed from bamboo. Most ingredients are organic, and many of the vendors are local. Salads, sandwiches and sides abound. Burgers run the gamut from those featuring familiar as well as exotic meats like ostrich, bison and wild boar, to three types of organic veggie burgers: the mushroom burger, farmers quinoa veggie burger and black bean burger. Opened in May 2013, Fresh Hamptons is owned by chef Todd Jacobs, former executive chef at the American Hotel and owner of the former Tierra Mar restaurant, as well as Atlantica at the Allegria Hotel. The ample, rustic space is lined with wood reclaimed from three barns. A bar sits on one end of the restaurant, and in winter, a fireplace blazes to create a cozy atmosphere. Couples as well as families enjoy dining here for lunch and dinner. Almost all their vegetables come from Dale and Betty’s, a certified organic farm just down the road. They also incorporate ingredients from their own organic garden in front of the restaurant, where herbs like parsley, oregano and basil, as well as zucchini, kiwis and raspberries thrive. From grass-fed beef burgers to veggie burgers, there’s something for every taste here. In addition to fresh seafood and local poultry,
an extensive vegan menu features starters like the curried pumpkin soup, salads made with locally sourced ingredients and more. One vegan main course option is a combination platter of five sides like the honey-glazed carrots, greens sautéed with garlic, the tempting Savoy coleslaw, and others. PIZZA WITH A TWIST 3 Brothers Pizza Café started out as a typical pizzeria. In 2009, Jay Astafa, one of owner Andy Astafa’s three sons, suggested adding vegan items to the regular list of pepperoni pizzas and more. The result was a mouthwatering, Italian-inspired menu with delectable appetizers like the oyster mushroom “calamari” – fried oyster mushrooms with the mouthfeel of squid - and dairy-free “mozzarella” sticks. Pasta dishes are plentiful at this Farmingdale cafe, but the “ricotta” is made from cashews and tofu, so vegan visitors to the cozy restaurant can enjoy stuffed shells, fettuccine alfredo and other favorites. You can also create your own brick oven pizza or calzone with regular, whole wheat or gluten-free crust, with a wide selection of items like roasted peppers, grilled Portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and more.
FROM LOCAL FARMS TO YOUR TABLE If you prefer to create culinary creations in your own kitchen and want to use local and/or organic ingredients, choose from several home delivery services servicing Long Island. Rustic Roots Delivery serves Long Island with local, organic food that is often shipped within a day or two of being harvested. The year-round service provides weekly baskets with produce like cauliflower, microgreens, squash and a variety of fruit, as well as local eggs, raw honey and maple syrup, local organic meat and local organic cheese. Farm 2 Kitchen Long Island started delivering throughout Long Island in May. Their local produce includes organic and non-organic items. Their network of sustainable farms includes Satur Farms in Cutchogue, Sang Lee Farms in Peconic, and Spy Coast Bee Farm in Setauket Harbor. Urban Organic delivers weekly boxes of organic produce and serves most of the tri-state area, including Long Island. The produce list varies from week to week and may consist of vegetables like kale, carrots and garnet yams, while fruits may include Valencia oranges, Bartlett pears, kiwis and bananas. SE
— LOCAL ORGANIC FARE — Ariana Restaurant 255 Main Street Huntington, NY (631) 421-2933 www.arianacafe.com
The Purple Elephant Market Café 81b Fort Salonga Road West (25A) Northport, NY (631) 651-5002 www.thepurpleelephant.net
Bareburger 32 Middle Neck Road Great Neck, NY (516) 441-5711 www.bareburger.com
Fresh Hamptons 203 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike Bridgehampton, NY (631) 537-4700 www.freshhamptons.com
3 Brothers Pizza Café 75 Merritts Road Farmingdale, NY (516) 755-1100 www.3brotherspizzacafefarmingdale.com
Rustic Roots Delivery (631) 897-1446 www.rusticrootsdelivery.com
Urban Organic (718) 499-4321 www.urbanorganic.com
Farm 2 Kitchen Long Island (631) 223-8854 www.farm2kitchenlongisland.com
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Modern Concept of Culinary Arts
Our classically trained Chefs creatively combine popular Asian cuisines. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian & Thai Experience a slice of Asia without leaving Long Island.
WOODBURY 7967 JERICHO TURNPIKE, WOODBURY, NY 11797 516.496.7000
HEWLETT, 1300 PENINSULA BLVD. HEWLETT, NY 11557 516.295.8888
FOREST HILLS 107-18 70TH RD. FOREST HILLS, NY 11375 718.268.3333
ASIAN BISTRO’S FABULOUS FUSION By LINDA TAGLIAFERRO
It’s a fantastic addition to the North Shore restaurant scene. Opened in Woodbury in December, MoCa Asian Bistro offers delectable sushi, sashimi and Asian fusion in an opulent setting. With soaring ceilings, freestanding tables, private booths and banquettes, this beautiful, upscale restaurant, provides a serene backdrop to Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese cuisine with muted lighting, flickering candles at each table and soft music in the background. The menu offers a wide variety of delicacies. A good starter is the Coconut Seafood Chowder, brimming with flavorful chunks of lobster, shrimp, scallops and clams combined in a
Assistant Manager Ivan Zong, Owner Johnson Chen, Shawn Elliott, General Manager, Henry Ling, Associate, Even Chen, Sushi Bar Executive chef Joe, Executive Kitchen, Chef chen, assistant Sushi ar Shef, Leon
smooth, sweet coconut consommé. Another excellent appetizer is the MoCa Roll. The flavors are well balanced with pieces of lobster and crabmeat and more, and an occasional burst of mango sweetness. The outside is topped with tobiko (flying fish eggs). A good choice of entree is the MoCa Sashimi dinner, 18 pieces of the chef’s special daily selection. Meat lovers will enjoy the Filet Mignon with seasonal greens, marinated with a spicy black Betsy Elliott and Stephanie Antel
pepper sauce to please those who relish piquant flavors. Customers may request more or less spicy foods, and there are gluten free and vegetarian options as well. The extensive wine menu is complemented by a wide range of cold, hot and even sparkling sake. If you appreciate a strong flavor reminiscent of Scotch, then choose the Kurumatsu Hakushika, a cedar-aged sake that will not disappoint. Dessert is not to be missed. My favorite is the Hazelnut Truffle. Complementing a core of luscious, dark chocolate, velvety smooth hazelnut gelato is crowned with praline hazel-
Wendy Freeman, Jane Krischner, Roni Rathgeber
nut and meringue. Chocoholics must try the Chocolate Trilogy, a rich chocolate cake base layered with dark chocolate mousse, milk chocolate mousse and a final layer of white chocolate mousse. With ample portions and a wide range of options, you can visit MoCa again and again and always find something new to savor. The restaurant also has locations in Hewlett and Forest Hills. SE
John and Jeannie Vazquez, Manager Ivan Zhong VIP regular customers
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MoCa Asian Bistro 7967 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury (in the Woodbury Village Shopping Center, entrance on Southwoods Road) www.mocaasianbistro.com 516-496-7000
Kerri and Kevin Rabb
David and Nicole Benedict, Marolyn and Robert Gonzalez
Valerie Stammelan and Tom McMahon
Robert and Ilyssa Lipton, Annette and Jan Schottenfeld
Bartender Jackie Oconnor and Melissa Furbush
Scott and Shauna Weinstein Stacey and Michael Weinstein
Seth and Liz Lapidus, wendy and Eric Bernstein Brett Hammerman, Heather and Andy Heller Debbie and Mark Tosen, Dana Hammerman
Jon Linder, Jamie Pirowskin, Mike Won
Dori Yakuel, Alex Landau
Nicole Ingenito, Lindsey Allen
Steven Paston, Amelia Tils, Harris Tils
Vincent LaRosa, Christina La rosa, Gail Jacoby, David Jacoby VIP
Ashley Barkoff, Jamie Linder, Jamie Pirowskin, Stacey Fleischman, Leslie Won
Bottom, Neal and Penny blank, Top, Rob and Sue Weinstein
Lindsay and Mark Giruici
Brian and Allison Kane, Dr. Barry Goldstein and Dawn Goldstein, Laurne and Mitch Rosenblatt
Lauren Lavelle and Loretta Wollner
Andi Millar, Barbara Spivaack, Leslie Rudman
Lisa Clark, Rachel Furer
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Alex Stepantian, Jeff Friedberg,Dave Banco
Joann Rodriguez ,Wanda Ferreiras
David Gabay,Stacey Beviano, Anat Gabay,Phil Beviano
Joanne and Simon Lock
Mary Mandaro, Mellissa Coronis
Aaron Marsh, Mark Simon
ON THE SCENE:
RALLYE MERCEDES LAUNCHES THE 2014 S CLASS SEDAN
Jason Siegel, Aaron March
Shiney Lukose , Thomas Lulose
Geoffrey and Celeste Langston
Joel Cohen, Elaine Cohen
Majestic. Sleek. Eye-catching. And a crowd to match. On a starry October evening Rallye Mercedes and LUXURY celebrated the launch of the 2014 S Class Sedan with cocktails, live music and admirers eager to get a glimpse of the guest of honor. Engineered to be stronger, lighter and ever more innovative, the S Class Sedan was welcomed to the North Shore in style. Oksana Aivazian, Kristina Viounova
Aimee Cody,Donna Athenas,Ty Klipstein
Chris and Aimee Cody
Chris Duffner, Joe Johnson
Carolyn Mastroperi,Elana Taraso,Carol Anello
David Gabay,Stacey Beviano, Anat Gabay,Phil Beviano
Debbie Slate, Katrina Shneider, Mitch Richardson
Wendy and Frank Lomuscio
Paul Prince, Stephanie Obadia
Felice Markowsky, Howard Cain
Walter Ryder ,Christy Mango
Andrew L Gillman, Nick Toomey
Troy Curtis, Katrina Scneider
Dr. Chris Calapai, Julie Sokol
Ty Klipstein, Andrew L. Gillman, Nick Toomey
Stewart Bae, Eliot Cohen,John Kabbani.
Samantha Roberts ,Steve Dennis
Paul Anthony , Joan Macri.
Sam Figueroa , AnthonyMuniz John Panico, Rosanne LaRosa, Vincent LaRosa
John Bagni , Konstantina Coulianidis
Elana Tarasoff ,Mark Coleman,Beverly Pincus
Joann and Joey Russo
John M.Kunar jr,Larry Hipp,John M.Kunar
Joey Mindel,Ira Chernick
Jerry Sherri ,Dr.Chris Calapai
Terry and Stuart Haymin ,Owners of Ferrari Long Island
Karl Lind,Tetsuo Honda
Shawn Elliott, Betsy, Elliott, Jonathan Schwartz
ON THE SCENE:
THE MASERATI GLITTERATI
In October, Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island welcomed LUXURY and the North Shore’s finest to celebrate the launch of the Maserati Ghibli
Ferrari employer,Richard Almonte, Dr.Jay Angles
– a unique combination of sport and style. Drawing on the heritage of the original 1967 Ghibli designed by the young Giorgetto Giugiaro, Dave Maloney ,DianeMaloney …FIRST TO BUY THE NEW MASERATI
today’s model is unconventional, captivating and full of glamour. That’s just how we like our cars and our parties.
Michael Stern Shawn Elliott
Dr.Leo Falbo ,Dr.Scott Harwood
Eli Schwartz ,Amy Schwartz ,Nancy Wigler,Dario and Valerie Nunez
John Abreu, Marisa Giuliano,Eli Youssain ,Anthony Cacossa
Glenn Altarac, Jonathan Siegel. Eitan Golman, Steve Schneir
Dario Nunez,Andrew Wigler
Derrick Lia , Jennifer Lia
Marisa Giuliano ,Jenn Iadanza, Amy Besse,Connie and Lauren Lesica
Laura Fisher, Maryann Caputo, Jonathan Schwartz
Steve, Fran Mazer
Alicia Rivers and Gd Morgan
Eli Yousian, Amy Schwartz,Eli Schwartz
Pinar and Lenny Ogeturk
David Honigstock, Lewis Ottimo, Michael Clements
Tom Mullin,Mike Di Martino
Andrzei Koniecko, Veronika Rovegno Ashley Tesauro, Mike Wiatrak, Jenna Schulamm
Leslie and Lauren Greenfield
Jordan Resnick,Joann Feld, Gary Resnick, Kathryn Hausman,Jesse Kanofsky, and Molly Kanofsky
Frank Deuidicbus ,Ramin Zakarya
Yuri Toto, Maria Toro,Lizzeth Veloza
Michael and Lisa Paladino, Betsy and Shawn Elliott
Betsy and Zach Elliott
James Glickenhaus with his P4/5 Competizione
Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars presenting the Best Popular Sportscar award to Cliff Sobel for his 1958 MGA Coupe
John Gutleber, of Americana Manhasset and Castagna Realty, with guests at the Owner’s Lounge
Seth Levy, Jackie Lobo, Ryan Gallagher
ON THE SCENE:
LUXURY Meets Luxury at the
Americana’s Concours d’Elegance The Ninth Annual Americana Concours d’Elegance, a benefit for Sunrise Day Camp, took place on Oct. 20, 2013. Once again, Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates was there to celebrate. Like a scene from Monte Carlo, the Americana promenade was filled with “A” list spectators admiring
more than 150 rare, privately owned cars competing for Best in Class and Best in Show titles. Master of ceremonies and host of Velocity’s Chasing Classic Cars, Wayne Carini noted that the premier luxury car event “was exciting because it showcased a range of cars from pre-war to one-off
supercars in a spectacular, modern fashion setting.” Winners included a 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL for Best in Show and a 1958 Chrysler Imperial for Best Dream Boat. A complete list of winners can be found at americanamanhasset.com/concours. JAMIE DARDASHTIAN
Zach Elliott and Shawn Elliott
Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars presenting the Best Competition Car to James Glickenhaus for his P4/5 Competizione
Betsy and Shawn Elliott
Chief of Judges Dr. Howard Krimko’s 1972 Rolls Royce Mulliner Park-Ward Fixed Head Coupe
Former MLB star David Cone with Concours-goers
Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars presenting the Best Cadillac award to Ron Nadolny for his 1972 El Dorado Convertible
Richard Knies taking home the Best Vintage award for his 1910 Buick
Robert Craig, Robin Mahoney, Frank Castagna of Americana Manhasset and Castagna Realty, Chief of Judges Dr. Howard Krimko, Rita Castagna of Americana Manhasset and Castagna Realty, and Andrea Krimko at Concours
Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars with the Americana Manhasset Concours Judging Panel
Concours Judges enjoying the Ownerâ€™s Lounge at Concours
Kevin Wenrick and Kelvin Tabares of Hugo Boss at the Hugo Boss Concours breakfast Plycar Automotive Logistics crew at the Hugo Boss breakfast
Jackie Lobo, Cheryl Goldman, Batul Morbi, Madalyn Bottone, Andrea Jablow
Buster enjoying the day! Follow him @buster_couture
Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars with members of the Americana Manhasset Concours Judging Panel
THE GOOD LIFE
SNOW BIR D By M.C. SUSSM A N
One of the charms of an empty nest
Fort Lauderdale in the post baby oil
an excuse to extend my visit when
uesque denizens. I shopped and
is the flexibility to leave it and nest
- Tropicana SPF 4 era, we sunbathed
a blizzard snarled air traffic north.
dined along Lincoln Road’s pedes-
elsewhere for the winter.
on the beach, cruised down the In-
I tightened my resolve to eventually
trian mall, strolled past Gianni Ver-
That was how, with my three grown
tercoastal and partied the night away.
make it even more longterm.
sace’s opulent palazzo on Ocean
sons successfully launched, I spent two
It was an epiphany. Why would any-
Though on a golf course, not the
Drive (where the fashion designer
months last winter bathed in Florida
one, I wondered for decades thereaf-
ocean, Coral Gables’ palatial Bilt-
was murdered in 1997) and checked
sunshine, taking daily strolls on the
ter, endure the cold and gray of win-
more Hotel, a National Historic
out the lobbies of the art deco ho-
beach, swimming laps in a heated
ter when, just a 24-hour drive away
Landmark built by George Merrick
tels like the Shore Club and Delano
pool and writing stories on a balco-
or a short flight away, sunshine, palm
in 1926 on 150 tropical acres, be-
as well as Miami Modern icons like
ny overlooking both the Intercoastal
trees and warm weather beckoned?
came a divine place to have lunch
the Fountainbleau Hilton, the Eden
Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean in
Alas, back then, a life without
al fresco at the Cascade bar in the
Roc and the newer Setai.
Highland Beach, a serene, three mile
down jackets and earmuffs was not
colonnade-lined loggia under a cas-
Two years ago, I visited Florida’s
long strip of gated mansions, gated
in the cards.
cading waterfall by the gargantu-
more serene West Coast, spending a
condominiums and sea turtles laying
Instead, over the years I indulged in
an pool where Tarzan actor Johnny
few days each on Marco Island and in
eggs on the beach on South Florida’s
the ephemeral pleasures of long mid-
Weissmuller was once a swimming
Naples. After my Highland Beach stay
winter weekends at Disney World in
last winter, I found some much need-
Despite being too young to fit the
Orlando (kids in tow) the Boca Ra-
Not to be missed, beyond the oak
ed funk and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
stereotype, I was sandwiched in a
ton Resort & Club, Loew’s in South
trees draped with Spanish moss along
on the boardwalk in Hollywood and
ninth floor vacation rental between
Beach and the Cheeca Lodge on Is-
Coral Way, was the landmarked his-
great pancakes at Mangrove Mike’s
Del Ray and Boca Raton in Palm
lamorada in the Florida Keys.
toric Venetian swimming pool, a for-
in Islamorada. Further south, in Key
Beach County, land of the early bird
But instead of a Florida condo,
mer quarry retrofitted with arched
West, the two-story plantation-style
special (Yes, I indulged -- once -- at
winter vacations in Mexico became
bridges and grottos, as well as shop-
home where Ernest Hemingway
Testa’s in Palm Beach). Snickers and
a habit after we were snowed into
ping and dining at Cocowalk in Co-
wrote ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ pro-
references to Boca being Great Neck
(pun intended) buying a timeshare.
vided inspiration. The Southernmost
South aside, my snowbird sojourn
We spent years flitting between all-
In recent years, the frequency
on the Beach Hotel offered great
sure beat the frigid northeast.
inclusive upscale resorts in Los Ca-
of my jaunts to the Sunshine State
lodging -- 90 miles from Cuba. A few
Just after New Year’s, I drove south,
bos, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and
ramped up. I indulged -- over and
days later it was back to gentility -- not
picking up my 88-year-old mom just
the Riviera Maya.
over -- in the water journey at the spa
a spring break-style fling -- at the Lago
below the Mason-Dixon line and
Those one and two week respites
at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach and
Mar Resort and Club on the beach in
stopping for dinner at the home of
from winter’s chill were guaranteed
spent a luxurious weekend at One
one of my sons in the nation’s cap-
sunny, hot, and generally splendid.
Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, a condo
This winter, with my youngest son
ital. By the time we reached North
But the flights were long and, as the
hotel conveniently wedged between
newly installed with a law degree, a
Carolina, our heavy coats were
years slipped by, my intolerance for
the beach and the inimitable Bal
job and an apartment nearby, I’m
tucked into the trunk. The next day,
stepping outdoors when the ther-
calling a waterfront condo in Aventu-
in Charleston, early January felt
mometer dipped steadily increased.
When my marriage dissolved, I
ra, in North Miami, my home base.
blissfully like spring.
When, at the turn of the millenni-
found solace staying with a friend
The balcony overlooks Dumbfound-
I yearned to live in Florida ever
um, my oldest son got an apartment
on Key Biscayne and fun in SoBe
ing Bay, Sunny Isles and the Atlantic
since my first exposure, decades
near the University of Miami in Cor-
-- South Beach -- with its invit-
beyond. This time, I’ll be exploring
ago, to a subtropical climate in win-
al Gables, I was ecstatic. To his dis-
ing white sand beaches, shimmer-
the ever-evolving South Florida scene
ter. During that college road trip to
may, perhaps, one February I had
ing aqua water and bronzed, stat-
for four months. Stay tuned. SE
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